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The Stone Cathedrals by Olivo Barbieri


The ancestral charm of the Dolomites, mountains whose history began two hundred and fifty million years ago, is at the center of a photographic project by Olivo Barbieri, which can be visited in Lagazuoi at an altitude of almost 3000 meters high.

As the British writer-painter John Ruskin said, mountains are “… the great cathedrals of earth, with their portals of rock, the mosaics of clouds, the choirs of the streams, the altars of snow, purple archs sparkling stars…”. A surprisingly similar point of view to that of Olivo Barbieri -one of the most renowned international photographers– who dedicated the “Dolomites Project 2010” to the Dolomites, comprising a collection of pictures in which these mountains are described as “planned architectures” and as symbolic moving forms. The Dolomites have existed for the past 250 million years, and they enclose the remains of ocean floors – a mixture of fossils, rocks and sand – offering a vision of an almost mythical time.

A suggestion that Olivo Barbieri has been able to capture in his images, thanks to his skilful exploitation of photographic folds of perception. The images are displayed until September 10th, inside the rooms of Lagazuoi EXPO Dolomiti, the exhibition space inaugurated in 2018 next to the top station of the cable car, at 2.778 meters above sea level, in the heart of the mountains between Cortina d’Ampezzo and Alta Badia.

Info: Lagazuoi Expo Dolomiti, Cortina d’Ampezzo (Belluno). lagazuoiphotoaward.org

Above: One of the images from the “Dolomites Project 2010” series by Olivo Barbieri