Atlante, Luigi Ghirri, 1973. « Likewise, the only journey now possible seems to be the one foins inside signs and images - in a destruction of direct experience. The word ‘ocean’ can immediately take us back to the world of possible images that we already own. And yet little by little, as the word disappear, so do the meridians and the parallels - numbers - unfolding before our eyes not the ‘evoked’ landscape, but a ‘natural’ one. As if an invisible hand had replaced the book with reality, right before our eyes.
Photography, with its power to constantly vary our relationship with reality, shifts the terms of the question, evoking an ‘illusory’ form of naturalness. On this case, reality and its conventional representation seem to coincide, and there’s a shift from the question of its meaning to that of its imagining. And so, the journey lies within the image, within the book. » #atlanta#atlas#luigighirri#luigighirriatlante#map#palmtrees#desert#photography#signs#images#landscape#imagining#imaginaire#voyageimaginaire