Visual Art

Nicolò Panzeri

This series of images stems from a personal reflection on the environment and how industries have affected it through their development. To conduct my research in Northern and Central Italy, I visited places that had been contaminated by different types of chemicals.

Pollution can have an impact on air, water or soil. I decided to use a photographic procedure that consisted in taking pictures of polluted areas with a Polaroid camera and then have them developed while in contact with the contaminated element – air, water, soil. These elements, as well as fire, have very different properties, and they all had an impact on the development of the images, that came out visibly damaged. Some of the areas I visited had been already restored to healthier conditions and considered clean by all legal standards. I have decided to visit these areas anyway, since I believe that these kind of events leave an everlasting mark.