Few days after the opening I had the chance to visit Sensational Umbria by Steve McCurry photo exhibition in Perugia. I didn’t want to read almost anything about it before I go, I didn’t want that my mind was prepared in any way on what I was about to see. I wanted to be surprised, to discover little by little what effect it would have made on me as a ‘local‘, as I’ve been living here since always. I was incredibly curious to see what kind of aspects Steve McCurry had wanted to capture and emphasize, what places had impressed him the most during his journey to discover Umbria.
The installation is particular: a dark room, all the photos placed on the ground were shining thanks to a backlighting system that improved the brilliance of the original colours, bringing out the best. Very nice idea the two ‘points of view’ at the ends of the room, from which you can admire the pictures from above.
Incisive shots in which a subject element is nearly always present, as a protagonist or as a surrounding to the main image. McCurry is able to capture the soul of people, special expressions, glances which evoke deep emotions. So many places and situations have been immortalized to represent the spirit of the region: sunrises, sunsets, hills, history, culture, spiritual places, people, landscapes, animals, ancient crafts, everyday life scenes, big events pride of this land. All these pieces fit perfectly together, creating the image of Umbria.
Moments that seem surreal, surprising and unexpected, but so spontaneous.
“Just think, within twenty minutes you can be out of time. In Umbria, the scenery changes this way: just a few minutes and you can walk from one epoch to another. It ‘a very precious thing.”
Here there are some of the shots exposed at Sensational Umbria:
Photo: Sensational Umbria © 2012