Photographer's Note

After we left the museum in Nuoro we went to the village of Orgosolo, high in the mountains of the Barbagia region. Many of the villagers are shepherds and are renowned for their political stance and mistrust of the government. They were infamous in the 1950s for banditry including kidnapping. Vittorio de Seta’s film Banditti a Orgosolo was awarded a prize in 1961 at the Venice Film Festival. One of the manifestations of their political ideals is the many wall paintings, which mainly depict their struggles to keep their Sardinian traditions, but also more recent worldwide issues.

As you will imagine there were many opportunities for photos, but I wanted my main post to show the contrasts of the village. This image shows two paintings, but also the contrast of the modern shop façade and sign. It also shows evidence of stone-built houses, alongside walls that have been plastered over to receive the paintings. It was raining so the light wasn’t the best. I deliberately used high contrast to reduce the flat light.

In the WS are a typical wall painting and an attempt at something different with a reflection shot.

For more shots of the trip click on the travelogue (left)

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