Mario Giacomelli (Senigallia 1925-2000) and Giacomo Leopardi (Recanati 1798 – Naples 1837) were both born in Marche. They also shared an interest – or better yet a passion – for infinity.
“The infinite”, probably Leopardi’s most famous lyric, offered the photographer (and poet) from Senigallia the inspiration for a number of images, many of them dedicated to Marche’s landscape.
Giacomelli began taking photos of the rural parts of the region in the mid-1950s. He chose black and white to tell a story made of fields, roads, hills, “endless space”, “more than mortal silence”, and “depth of peace” – to quote Leopardi’s masterpiece.
He used a special photographic paper to create strong, almost violent contrasts between black and white, and aimed his camera towards the ground, because infinity to him was an intuition, a longing born out of the unavoidable contact with a finite reality, with the objects that stand in the way of our gaze when we seek “the horizon’s furthest reaches”.
For Giacomelli, infinity was “something that by ending creates the premises for a new beginning”.
From beginning to beginning, with no end.