Filippo Ferraro with “Wooden diamonds” is the Calabria Festival Photography Competition’s first classified.
A project that stood out for the images’ quality , but above all for its adherence to the theme of the competition, which takes shape both in its content and in the design development of a research work born and grown over time. It is a story of destruction, but also of hope that makes us look to the future with optimism.
‘Wooden diamonds’ tells of the olive trees epidemic in Salento, 10 years after it began. An environmental disaster that caused the death of more than 20 million trees, but also resulted in the loss of identity symbols handed down from generation to generation in the local population. Today, however, the hope for a better future is once again sprouting thanks to the replanting of some olive trees’ varieties and the commitment of the farmers and some local associations who are making to bloom to a new beauty, something that was thought lost, but that had always remained vivid in the memories of each one of them.
Born in 1990, Filippo Ferraro is an Italian documentary photographer. His research is mainly focused on the relationship between the man and the environment and its continuous change in the global scenario of climate changes, with particular attention to the related issue of collective cultural identity. His work has received over the years recognitions in various international awards, including the Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest and has been exhibited and screened in various international festivals.