Giorgio Verdiani

This is the first in our series of blog posts that will highlight the work of potential contributors to the project. These postings will include the submissions from the call for contributors (subject to editorial discretion) as well as other interesting work.

First up is Giorgio Verdiani, whose work seeks to provoke real and imagined memories of archaeological and historical sites. Giorgio’s work interests me because of the way he mixes media to try to find the most expressive image; trying to present often subjective and personal experience of a place to the viewer.

A tree in a site somewhere

(c) Giorgio Verdiani

In his own words:

An archaeological monument is a place for everybody’s imagination, a place where we might wonder about people in ancient times or about the appearance of the place when it was used for its original purpose. Nowadays a site appears as a ruin or as an evocative mass which might bring the eyes to an even more complex reading, suggesting impressions nearer to those we get from the pure shapes of a sculpture than the original structure of an architectural form.

In this way the monument becomes a special object where the work of men is altered by human and natural action, bringing back a wide stochastic influence over the actual appearance. The site becomes a sort of object with poetic features bringing to the observer possibilities of vision and resonance.

In this way the photographic approach to a monument can aim to capture something behind or beyond the descriptive level or the needs of documentation, moreover it will go far beyond of the specific technical needs of creating orthographic imaging or high quality texturing.

The use of “vintage” cameras in an analog workflow combined with digital post processing, the use of infrared digital photography, processing based on digital raw images or direct HDRI gathering are only a part of a whole range of possibilities allowed by contemporary photography, but when approaching a monumental context like Villa Adriano (Hadrian’s Villa) or Grotto di Tiberio (Tiberius Cave), to name just two well known examples , the possibilities must be filtered by a sense of composition and by an interpretative intellectual process allowing the image to transmit a specific perception of the place to the final observer. My work is about this balance and about the specific features that this approach brings.

Giorgio Verdiani, born in Carrara in 1968 has a Degree and a PhD from the “Facoltà di Architettura” (Architecture Faculty) of Florence, Italy. He was a contract researcher from 2001 to 2006 and is now an ICAR17 Researcher. He teaches Computer Graphics, Architectural Drawing and Photography in the degree courses of the “Facoltà di Architettura”. Giorgio is an expert in Cultural Heritage Surveys, especially with laserscan technologies and has been involved with all of the main survey campaigns of his university department since the 2002. Giorgio is currently working on a survey and research project about Villa Adriana and other monumental places around Italy.

To see more of his photography please visit his Flickr stream.

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