Documentary photographer Ettore Moni recently shot some dramatic images of picturesque mountain landscapes, which unfortunately are being spoiled by the construction of manmade structures. Moni calls this series simply, Alps. He shoots the various landscapes using a large-format camera (4×5) and does not apply any post production to the end results. The aim of Alps is to arouse the viewers with the images of sullied mountainscapes that have been violated with structures that did not seem to environmentally blend with the beautiful Alps.
Moni as a documentary photographer who explores this ongoing condition of the Italian portion of the mountain range landscape in addition to its horrible degradation. “My goal is to sensitize everybody and make them be aware of the irreversible damage that is nowadays suffered by our wonderful landscapes,” said Moni of his work.
In the collection, Moni examines how man has changed nature without much planning and thought, and in the process violated the very splendor that is being promoted and celebrated. Though it is true that high-altitude tourism is no doubt an economic driver for mountain communities, Mori says that “…massive anthropisation brings about a significant modification of landscape.
The pictures of this inquiry aim at upsetting the viewers to make them feel like any mountain enthusiast who at the end of their trip are faced with something they would not want to find….” The Alps is one of the immense mountain range systems of Europe that extend for around 1,200 kilometers (750 mi) across 8 Alpine countries, covering Austria and Slovenia in the east, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and south east Germany, to the west, in addition to Monaco and Italy to the south.
Moni was born in Italy where he studied at the Art Institute in Parma prior to apprenticing at the Superstudio in Milan. He has exhibited in Italy at Untype in Parma and will be featured in the European Festival of Photography in Reggio Emilia. Moni’s work has appeared in, Thelenscollection, Repubblica, Domus, Documentary Platform , Splash in addition to Grab magazine Uk.
See his collective work here.