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Camargue, France – June 2013. Land art atelier during the TransuHmance.
TransHumance, photo essay by Francesca Todde
[I]n the comparison between nature and culture, the relationship with the animal has had an important role in the development of our vision of the world: we have searched the shape of the animals in the constellations, we depicted them in prehistoric caves, to reflect the strengths and weaknesses of our moral behavior in fairy tales, we use them as symbols even today in trademarks of our companies, from car industry to footwear.

I am interested in what remains in contemporary society of the ancestral relation with animals, as they survive in the images that populate our overcrowded cities, who are the people who still maintain a relationship of close contact with animals, such as what kind of answers can today give the animals if you put them the question of a different relationship with the man.

I believe that looking at this relationship, studying the animal kingdom, the natural behaviors and social structures of animals, ultimately accepting our primary need of interdependence with other natural species, we have the
possibility to find new truths about our society and get in touch with the deepest part of ourselves.

I’ve shot the photos that compose this essay during a TransHumance in French countryside organized by MP2013 and Theatre du Centaure of Marseille.

Salon de Provence, France – June 2013. Sheeps.
Provence, France – May 2013. Butteri Maremmani.
Montaigne Sainte Victoire, France – June 2013. Our tents.
Miramas, France – June 2013. Shadow of a cow in the night.
Montaigne Sainte Victoire, France – June 2013. The night guardian.
Montaigne Sainte Victoire, France – June 2013. Butteri Maremmani with a baby cow.
Les Baux de Provence, France – June 2013. Projections on the caves.
Marseille, France – June 2013. TransHumance across the city.
Miramas, France – June 2013. Young breeder.
Miramas, France – June 2013. The centaure Camille.
La Roque d’Antheron, France – June 2013. The centaure Manolo.

Q&A with Francesca Todde

Photography is…
…to take the time to deepen my own gaze: my current purpose is exploring the difference between describe and reveal.

Photography and writing…
I search in the reality images that I have already seen in my mind, images that has been formed by the words that I have read.

Who left the biggest impression on you?
In the last year: Pentti Sammallahti, Vanessa Winship, Michael Ackerman, Werner Herzog.

Tell us a little about yourself
I’m a juggler, I like the precarious balance, “I love improvisation because allows the reality to create the unexpected” Philippe Petit.

Francesca_Todde_PortraitFrancesca Todde (www.francescatodde.com) Born in 1981, Padua, Italy. Lives in Milan. Her research is focused on animal kingdom. She developed the themes of ethology and animal behavior by transporting them into images, and currently follows a project on the poetics of the Theatre du Centaure in Marseille, treating the relationship between humans and animals.

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