“I like the greek word “theoros”, spectator, that primarily means looking at things, whether with the eyes and with the mind. I try to look at the world with this kind of mood, see and think about a place at the same time, to enter in a close relation with what I’m observing. I think that in many cases it’s what makes a photograph an image destined to last through time.
When I get lost in life, my cure is to get lost in nature.
1celand is a series about my trip in Iceland, I slept in tent, cooked in the camp stove and travelled by car all around the island.
It’s a work about the human relation with Mother Earth, the contrast between open wide spaces and residential areas, the freedom to rediscover naiveté.
It has been a very intimate journey, in these open lands I found magic, strength, fear, peacefulness, mixed and intense feelings that I hope I have reflected in my pictures.
I think that feeling unarmed and tiny towards nature, it’s in a certain way, really reassuring, it makes you taste something bigger and powerful than you, it brings you closer to infinite.”
Irene Tondelli is an art director and reportage-travel photographer based in the north of Italy.
See more of her work on her website.