Diego Ferrari’s photographic work investigates the relationship between the human scale and the natural environment. Ferrari is interested in photography as performance and creates each image using real materials, often attached to his body, making incisions in the landscape using ribbons, plastic, local natural materials and his own ingenuity.
The images are seductive and provocative. Each photograph is an enigma of precision. He uses the four natural elements to create the image, whether he is drawing with wind and air, using plastic, or drawing lines across the ancient basalt of the Cap de Creus peninsula in northern Catalonia, or floating golden orbs hovering over an apparent desert. These images are about the structure of production, consumption and disposal, and how we are all caught in the web of relationships between them.
Ultimately, Ferrari’s work explores how we “read” landscapes in the Anthropocene era, when the human footprint is visible everywhere in the natural world. His work seeks to restore the power of the earth, when measured against our human dimensions reaching a mathematical sublime about scale, magnitude and ultimately infinity.