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Life and Death

Life and Death
by Placido Faranda


I wanted to suggest the contrast between Life and Death in Nature and capturing the moment, now frozen in time, when rivers of lava encroached on verdant forest during the volcano's spectacular eruption back in 2002. The contrasts are between movement and inertia, liquid and solid, preservation and obliteration. Despite this, Europe's most active volcano is mainly considered by Sicilians a life-giving force to revere: its mineral-rich ash makes the soil fertile and gives an intense flavour to olives, blood oranges, wine grapes and pistachio that flourish in its shadow.

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