Fior di pesco
Breccia di Settebasi, Skyros
Marmo di Carrara
Lost Marbles is an ongoing project I started in Rome, Italy in 2013.
During a trip in northern Lazio, Rome's region, I met a sculptor working with marble.
I decided to photograph his collection of ancient marbles with the intention of creating a virtual collection to display and preserve.
"Rocks of different hardness and structure are often mislabeled in the current the terminology as Marbles."
These stones have been used since the Classical age, sometimes even back to the Bronze Age, and during the Middle Age, the Renaissance and Baroque. Some of these marbles are among the most important of the ancient world. Their importance is not only given by the quantity and quality of their products but also by their widespread presence throughout the Mediterranean, sometimes having reached countries of Central Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East. Only a few of them, however, are still mined and marketed.
For the most important ancient marbles (Romans), the cessation of extraction is due to history, mainly to logistical disorganization that occurred with the fall of Roman Empire. That is the case with Giallo Antico and Cipollino. African marble quarries on the other hand, were located near the ancient city of Teos and are now covered by Kara Golu lake. In most cases, the geological sources still exist, however, not all the ancient quarries have been found, that’s why I've named the project Lost Marbles. It’s their characteristic of lost stones that appealed to me right away.
In the second part of the project, I intend to visit the locations of the old quarries - Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Spain and once again Italy. My intent is to photograph landscapes of abandoned and forgotten quarries that have been reclaimed by nature or still stand as indiscernible testimony of industrialization. The quarries are important not only for their archaeological value, but also as industrial landscapes.