Italian photographer Luca Tombolini is known for his hypnotic large format images of mountain ridges and textured landscapes. In his latest series, LS X, Tombolini embarked on long solo trips to remote desert areas in America and documented the spirituality of the terrains he found there.
Taking a long time to travel is essential to revert to a more essential state of mind. When there i’m facing basic life needs and slowly drift back to our primeval link with Nature, from whom we generated. I rely rather unconsciously on my vision and emotions while making the necessary choosing process about what to photograph and how; this, along with the use of the large format medium makes the whole process extremely slow and meditative. I noticed through the years that i’m greatly attracted by pureness and simplicity. What i’m seeking into the landscape then becomes a mirror of what my Self might be. To this extent, those landscape are a visual representation of a part of my being, and my work as a whole a mean on the path of my individuation process.
“Getting rid of our social mask brings our mind closer to ancestral times, when man could only rely on his Unconscious to cope with phenomena. Modern times and the scientific method now overshadow a time of myths and spiritual insight. What is the result of this condition? Knowledge or alienation from the Self? Are modern comforts and social values tearing us away from our bond with Nature and our understanding of life cycles? How valuable are our individualistic cultural structures if we are oblivious of our own origins?”