Curator: William Dello Russo
Translator: Richard Sadleir
I photograph: Stefano Amantini, Marco Arduino, Antonino Bartuccio, Guido Baviera, Helge Bias, Massimo Borchi, Marco Bottigelli, Captureworx, Matteo Carassale, Stefano Cellai, Franco Cogoli, Stefano Coltelli, Gabriele Croppi, Colin Dutton, Olimpio Fantuz, Laurent Grandadam, Johanna Huber, Gianni Iorio, Arcangelo Piai, Sandra Raccanello, Maurizio Rellini, Massimo Ripani, Alessandro Saffo, Stefano Scatà, Giovanni Simeone, Luigi Vaccarella, Tim White
Tongue: Bilingual Italian and English
Cover: Soft cover with elastic closure
Format: 10,5x18,5 cm, 144 pages, 100 gms, FSC certified paper, acid free (pH Neutral)
ISBN 978-88-99180-88-1 (Blue Cover)
ISBN 978-88-99180-60-7 (Black Cover)
Telling an entire country, as rich in beauty as Italy, with just one notebook is a difficult operation. How many are the symbols of Italian culture really? What are the most characteristic places?
But this is not a guide, it is a visual notebook, a notebook that must preserve memories and inspire new discoveries at the same time. Among its pages we find some of the most interesting places and artistic expressions of this country, which tell the numerous traditions of Italian culture.
The stylized symbol of the wasp on the cover, it conveys a sense of light-hearted adventure, as if this notebook could turn into a trip on the road on paper.
The images, alternating with blank pages, the art City with their monuments and the extraordinary works they guard, but they do not forget the vast culinary tradition that this country offers.
Italian culture is so tied to the land and to manual skills, as for the elegance of the shapes, perfectly expressed by the character vintage on a blue-gray background used for the cover.
Anecdotes, curiosities and quotes by great authors that we find among the pages help us to better understand this territory and its history.
The “author's photographs” in the notebook, in addition to remaining as a souvenir, can inspire new personal shots with unusual ideas and shots, or simply accompany thoughts, reflections, quick notes or memories.
Whoever feels represented by this color is someone who is insightful and who can easily decipher people and situations. He has a lively intellect and is capable of pursuing whatever he puts in his head. For this type of people the important thing is to act: even mistakes will be useful as a formative and spiritual stage.
Blue is an unusual color in nature: few plants have blue flowers, and rare are the animal species whose skin or plumage are of these shades. Yet, on the contrary, we are used to associate it with two of the greatest natural characteristics of the Earth: the sky and the ocean, the shades of which often influence each other, mirroring each other.
The color blue was first made by the ancient Egyptians, who had figured out how to create a permanent pigment for the decorative arts. The particular color of this notebook - Storm Blue - mainly has to do with the adjective that accompanies it. In fact, the blue, made darker and dull by a little gray, is reminiscent of the shade that the sky takes on just before a downpour. The hint of gray makes it, at times, a slightly metallic, almost industrial color; but the predominant blue component brings it back to take on naturalistic hues. Overall it appears less bright and deeper than the classic blue.
The psychology of color explains that meditating or surrounding oneself with this color helps to be more flexible, and consequently open to every possibility: able to ride the emotional waves of life and to recognize the benefit of storms.
Hint / TIP: Notice when the sky is tinged with this color, always the same and always different. Maybe while you are running away in search of a refuge, observe it and try to grasp all its nuances: the colors exchange and mix like the waves of the sea!