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The Valley of Angels

A slice of daily life of a family living secluded in the mountains in the south-eastern of Sicily.

0 – 5 | 2012 | Documentary | Family | Italy | Observational

The Valley of Angels is a project realised by Terra Project Photographers, a collective of documentary photographers founded in Florence in 2006, focused on the creation of various reportages and visual works sharing a certain uniformity of style that combines classic photographic medium with the use of several multimedia tools and novel narrative structures. We wanted to make this premise because we think collectives are still a clever way to promote the works of artists who share a set of values ​​and that, through their own activities, return visibility to the community in a virtuous feedback mechanism. The “risk distribution” and the ongoing confrontation between the members also allow a more easily refining of mutual aesthetic codes and experiment new ways of production.

The Valley of Angels is a work that well-represents the “editorial philosophy” of the collective. It narrates a slice of daily life of a family living secluded in the mountains in the south-eastern part of Sicily. Their day is marked by the rhythms of nature, they eat only organic food locally produced, using only alternative energy sources (like wind turbines and solar panels). A life on the edge, perhaps in search of that authenticity which is lost in the hectic pace of the big conurbations. Somehow a “revolutionary” a choice, but achieved through hard work. Angelo and Angela moved to this area in 2005, with their daughters Hybla, Lua and Syria, all three born in the house. They chose this place to build their home and lead a simple existence away from the usual “western” lifestyle generally characterized by the dogma of  individual self-affirmation.

The director and photographer, Simone Donati, spent  a whole period fully immersed in this project of of life documenting, with great delicacy and discretion, the daily commitment in achieving it. Even with love, we might say: there is in fact no judgment whatsoever, but the mere presentation of domestic intimacy of a small household that has chosen to live in close contact with nature and with the bare minimum.

Tommaso Fagioli

Tommaso Fagioli

Founder, creative director, curator @ Good Short Films. Fond of great stories, great thinkers, great booze. My motto is, your motto.

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