October 22, 2021
Photography and words by Simone Batini
Introduction by Karin Svadlenak Gomez
Simone Batini is a landscape and documentary photographer based in the Tuscany region of Italy. One of his long-term photo projects is to capture the traditional trades and crafts that used to be commonplace in the region, that are being replaced by industry and social changes.
The series of photographs titled "Tempi Passati" (Times Past) was born from my idea of telling the artisan working realities still present in my territory. The photos for this series, on which I am still working, were taken in the Tuscany region of Italy, in the province of Lucca in Garfagnana, Middle Valle del Serchio, Alta Versilia and surrounding areas. I chose to work the images in colour, combining the search for a good light and an atmospheric situation, because I wanted to convey a sense of actuality. In fact even today these old artisans are active in their tiring and exciting activities with the help of some young people. In the series there are portraits both on the workmanship and on the place and workshops where they spend their days. I photographed an ancient ironworks, where an elderly blacksmith is helped by his young nephew, old farmers and artisans in general who have experience. They take care of their tools and animals. The ancient crafts have been handed down for generations with the hope that they will never be lost and forgotten. The purpose of my photographic series is above all this: to ensure they are not forgotten...
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