Meridian topography

  • Dates
    2009 - Ongoing
  • Author
  • Topics Documentary, Editorial, Landscape, Nature & Environment
  • Locations Apulia, Lecce, Taranto, Monte Sant'Angelo, Margherita di Savoia, Capoiale, Foggia, Martina Franca, Leuca, Peschici, Lesina, Vieste

In the wake of Franco Cassano’s Il Pensiero meridiano, the work investigates, in documentary style, a lesser or marginal Apulia, southern Italy, which captures the landscape ignored by the commercial communication associated with mass summer tourism.

Meridian topography is a medium and large format film photographic project, started in 2009 and still ongoing. In the wake of Franco Cassano’s Il Pensiero meridiano, the work investigates, in documentary style, a lesser or marginal Apulia, a region in southern Italy, which captures the landscape, ignored by the official and commercial communication associated with mass summer tourism. Photographs are taken along service and slip roads; places where the symbols of the ancient rural world increasingly collide with the infrastructures of new development, linked to the seasonal and intense exploitation of the territory. Meridian topography is a bittersweet reflection on a territory that too quickly turned to mass tourism, losing sight of the risks how such a rapid and uncontrolled expansion can impact on the local environment and culture. Only the poor beasts absorb in astonishment the alienation caused by the change in their natural environment.

Meridian topography is published in the winter issue of Fotofilmic JRNL 15, edited by Milo Montelli (Skinnerbox), January 2023.

Meridian topography is shortlisted in the Urbanautia Institute Awards 2022 for Anthropology and Territories category.

Meridian topography was published in the first volume of the collection "The Landscape" 2022, published by The BESTSELECTED Project.

Meridian topography was exhibited at the Collateral Maris Festival in Vieste (Italy), from 22 June to 4 July 2023.

Meridian topography was selected by a scientific committee created by Formica Lab and chaired by Rosy Santella, web photo editor of the magazine Internazionale and exhibited at the Paesaggi | affinità e divergenze Festival from 1 to 3 September 2023 in Cuneo (Italy).

© Francesco Conti - pink dog (stray dog), Bitonto (Bari), 2016.  120 negative film
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pink dog (stray dog), Bitonto (Bari), 2016. 120 negative film

© Francesco Conti - two green Pandas, Monte Sant'Angelo (Foggia), 2016. 120 negative film
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two green Pandas, Monte Sant'Angelo (Foggia), 2016. 120 negative film

© Francesco Conti - donkeys in the wild, SS272 (Foggia), 2016. 120 negative film
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donkeys in the wild, SS272 (Foggia), 2016. 120 negative film

© Francesco Conti - Mar Piccolo, Taranto, 2023. 120 negative film
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Mar Piccolo, Taranto, 2023. 120 negative film

© Francesco Conti - catched mullets, Capojale (Foggia), 2016. 120 negative film
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catched mullets, Capojale (Foggia), 2016. 120 negative film

© Francesco Conti - Lesina lake, Lesina 2023. 120 negative film
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Lesina lake, Lesina 2023. 120 negative film

© Francesco Conti - no trespassing (public housing on the outskirts of Lecce), Lecce 2022. 120negative film
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no trespassing (public housing on the outskirts of Lecce), Lecce 2022. 120negative film

© Francesco Conti - what's up, (melon seller) Lecce, 2022. 120  negative film
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what's up, (melon seller) Lecce, 2022. 120 negative film

© Francesco Conti - shipyard, Monopoli (Bari) 2016. 120 negative film
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shipyard, Monopoli (Bari) 2016. 120 negative film

© Francesco Conti - water tower on the highway (A14), Foggia 2023. 120 negative film
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water tower on the highway (A14), Foggia 2023. 120 negative film

© Francesco Conti - new religious buildings, Lecce 2009. 4x5" negative film
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new religious buildings, Lecce 2009. 4x5" negative film

© Francesco Conti - Grandpa's driving license (holy cards), Lecce 2022. 4x5 negative film
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Grandpa's driving license (holy cards), Lecce 2022. 4x5 negative film

© Francesco Conti - danger of falling, Martina Franca (Taranto) 2023. 120 negative film
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danger of falling, Martina Franca (Taranto) 2023. 120 negative film

© Francesco Conti - burnt electricity pole and snails, Lecce 2023. 120 negative film
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burnt electricity pole and snails, Lecce 2023. 120 negative film

© Francesco Conti - scooter for rent (Salento countryside), Santa Maria di Leuca (LE) 2023. 120 negative film
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scooter for rent (Salento countryside), Santa Maria di Leuca (LE) 2023. 120 negative film

© Francesco Conti - late summer (interior of a bar at the end of the tourist season), Lecce, 2009. 4x5" negative film
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late summer (interior of a bar at the end of the tourist season), Lecce, 2009. 4x5" negative film

© Francesco Conti - bus stop (sand dune), Lecce, 2009. 4x5" negative film
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bus stop (sand dune), Lecce, 2009. 4x5" negative film

© Francesco Conti - Image from the Meridian topography photography project
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Suspicious cave (tits), Grotta Sospetta: vandalized sea ​​cave of karst origin, Peschici (Foggia) 2023. 120 negative film

© Francesco Conti - summer hotel, Vieste (Foggia) 2023. 120 negative film
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summer hotel, Vieste (Foggia) 2023. 120 negative film

© Francesco Conti - catched sand steenbras, Lecce  2023. 120 negative film
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catched sand steenbras, Lecce 2023. 120 negative film

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