Fabiano grew up in the midst of nature, and learned to respect it from a young age, both loving and fearing the mountains in every respect. Wild landscapes, unspoilt and extraordinary, which offer many different views throughout the changing of the seasons, with the passing years, and with the intervention of mankind.

Fabiano decided to document the history of the interaction between man and mountain, and immortalise the visible consequences of the progressive loss of balance in this interaction.

"Climate change is the primary global problem of our times, but adding to it are many environmental emergencies regarding the climate, the economy, migration, loss of biodiversity, and last but not least, the health-related emergency we are living through at the moment; this is also why I decided to dedicate ten years of my life to the goal of constructing a new way of communicating how the environment around us is changing, and what it is necessary to do to protect it and, therefore, to protect humanity as a species". Fabiano Ventura explains.



"Coming over the pre-summit of Corno Grande, we quickly reach the point from which Enrico Abbate took one of the first photos of the glacier, on the 19th September 1886. I have the image in my hand, and I find where I am certain the historical photo was taken from, but the morphology of the mountain has completely changed: 134 years ago, the glacier started only a few dozen metres below the Western Peak, running down through the entire valley below, wide and constant; today, instead, the ice wall plummets vertically around 100 metres to reach a steep slope made up of only unstable scree that slides towards the bottom of the basin. As always, the comparison is disturbing, thinking about how much the morphology of the mountain has changed, not only from the perspective of the landscape, but also in terms of its use: only 20 or 30 years ago it was possible to ski down the valley even in the summer months, while now what used to be the basin of a small but thriving glacier is only a scree, inaccessible due to the risk of falling rocks".


"In these times, when there is much talk about the environment and the climate, words, unfortunately, do not always reach the conscience. Instead, photographs, and particularly photographic comparisons, can open up a path to awareness. A glance at the state of health of the planet, which leaves no space for rhetoric or manipulation, because it is simply reality that speaks. Only by changing consciousness can we change a course that would otherwise be disastrous".

"The international scientific community is now in agreement when we say that glaciers are the sentinels of the climate, and we have been able to test in real life how strong the communicative power of these images is.
In 2013 we were in Alaska. Between the end of the Little Ice Age (1850) and today, Glacier Bay National Park has lost 2,752 cubic km of ice; cubic km of ice that have poured into the oceans, whose levels continue to rise, with disastrous consequences not only from an environmental point of view, but also socially.
This is why we are evaluating a project that monitors coastal erosion and rising oceans; to create a photographic archive for all those areas that in the future will probably be under the sea. Experiencing and testing the importance and value of photographic archives has also pushed us to precisely georeference all the points from which we took the photos for the project On the trail of the glaciers, to help future photographers to very easily repeat the photos we have taken over these ten years".


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