Honorable Mention TOKYO-2017 Fine Art / Special Effects

INVEARTH. High voltage

  • Photographer
    Simone Arrigoni

The INVEARTH project is composed of several photographic series focusing on nature. Different subjects from flora, fauna, and the ‘four elements’ (water, earth, fire and air) were chosen as exemplary symbols of planet Earth. These were shot focusing on specific features, then developed in black and white, finally turned into negative images. The lack of color represents our world’s intrinsic dichotomy, the incessant dance between day and night, light and shadow, and yin and yang that has always marked the passage of time and the advance of evolution. The latter, the primordial principle governing life on Earth, is symbolized here by the negative reversal of the shots. This graphic process was carried out in memory of film, which for years represented the essence of photography, before being almost completely supplanted by digital formats. The project starts with the "High voltage" series devoted to lightning, which has been present on Earth since it first took shape, dominated by volcanoes. Here, lightning is captured inside an imposing cumulonimbus which unleashed a storm on a September night in Cape Maleas, on the edge of the Peloponnese, Greece.

Simone Arrigoni is a classical pianist, multiple Freediving World Record holder and successful photographer. He holds more than 150 awards in the most prestigious International Photo Contests, such as the 1st Prize in NTU 2017 by Singapore's Nanyang Technological University & National Geographic. He was appointed FIOF Italian Photography Ambassador in China 2017-2019 and has been Underwater Photography Festival Ambassador since 2019. His works have been published in books, magazines and catalogues, as well as being collected and exhibited worldwide, from USA to Japan via Europe and China