by Katherine Oktober Matthewssource: GUP Magazine
SP 67: la strada della Tramontana Scura (the road of the Dark North Wind) is a photographic study of a 13 kilometre stretch of road in northern Italy. The first monograph by Italian photographer Roberto Schena, the book covers three years of visiting this provincial road. Often obscured by rain and fog, the images are brooding and sometimes mysterious. While the repeated images of foggy forest life give us the impression of being far removed from civilisation, the occasional view overlooking a city is a reminder that travellers of SP 67 are not isolated, despite the feeling of moody solitude. Lonely roads disappearing into the dark of night, pictures of cars abandoned and overgrown with vegetation, and wandering wild pigs add to the feeling of uncertainty of environment. In this way, Schena portrays the road almost as though it’s occupied by ghosts; there’s evidence of life in the darkness, but we can not see it in plain daylight, free from the fog and the storm. The title of the book, the road’s name SP 67, offers a dry and practical counterweight to the supernatural attitude of the photography.
SP 67 has been published by Punctum Press and is available for sale online.