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“AT 36000 FEET”

American Desert – September 2013. Aerial desert landscape “Untitled #01”.

“AT 36000 FEET” a desert landscape, photo essay by Monia Lippi

“At 36000 Feet” is an ongoing project of aerial photographs of the US Southwest desert landscape. Images of ancient geological formations and modern human traces, where abstract beauty of immense spaces, crossed by salty valleys, lines and points, and the presence of new high-technology forms, seem part of a futuristic place in a contrasting, mysterious time.

Q&A with Monia Lippi

Photography is…
…metaphysically one of the most interesting instrument created to freeze the Light, so also Time and Space. Revealing with images how all is related under the Light and Darkness. The Art of Photography expresses in less of a second “The Art of Seeing”.

Photography and writing…
…are complementary. I remember, the first book I bought, “Once” of Wim Wenders, when I started to photograph and know photography. I loved his book, his way to tell stories with images and words.

Who left the biggest impression on you?
I had many “Masters”, but who moved me, for sure, something important in – The Art of Seeing – in different levels, it’s been the film “So Far, So Close” of Wim Wenders.
(Two funny coincidences, now, that I’m thinking about!!)
After many years, I had the occasion to meet him, but never to say how I’m grateful for all his books and films.
Then, the photographer Roberto Salbitani, with 3 years fellowship, learning B/W photography and printing, in Tuscany, Italy.

Tell us a little about yourself
Photography is my Best Friend.

American Desert – January 2014. Aerial desert landscape “Untitled #07”.
American Desert – April 2015. Aerial desert landscape “Untitled #38”.
American Desert – April 2015. Aerial desert landscape “Untitled #33”.
American Desert – November 2013. Aerial desert landscape “Untitled #10”.
American Desert – November 2013. Aerial desert landscape “Untitled #04”.
American Desert – November 2013. Aerial desert landscape “Untitled #11”.
American Desert – January 2014. Aerial desert landscape “Untitled #09”.
American Desert – January 2014. Aerial desert landscape “Untitled #08”.
American Desert – January 2014. Aerial desert landscape “Untitled #09”.
American Desert – January 2014. Aerial desert landscape “Untitled #18”.
American Desert – April 2015. Aerial desert landscape “Untitled #09”.
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Monia Lippi

1970, born in Italy. From her formal education in Interior Design in Milan, she arrived to photography and video through different experiences in Italy, Paris and then in New York from 2005. She was has always been interested to the versatility of the U.S. American landscapes and cityscapes and their cultural identities and how different life-styles reflect themselves in architecture. Exploring different environments she did personal projects, lately she did new works also in Vietnam.

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