From North to South, from West to East, travel has always been a theme that fascinates people. Marco Polo with Il Milione or Giuseppe Ungaretti with his Desert and After are just two wonderful examples of how much, over the centuries, there has been the need to travel, even if only through imagination or memories.
The Power of the Images
Words, drawings, and, more recently, videos and photographs, are unmissable companions when we travel. They are not just simple stamps that attest to the presence in a given place in a given moment: they’re vectors of sensations. Each image has the power to arouse emotions, now strong, now weak, yet always moving one’s soul.
Two Photographers to the North
If with his pen Joseph Conrad helped us to go up the Congo, photographers Linda Pezzano and Andrea Roversi will take us on their travel to the Great North with their cameras. With the help of blogs, diaries, notes, photos and multimedia materials disseminated on social networks, even those who will stay home will be able to accompany them on their fantastic travel.
The entire travel, from Rome to Reykjavík on board of a Jeep, is part of the ambitious and spectacular project Til Norðurs (Til Nordus), literally to the north. Andrea and Linda’s final goal consists in the publication of a book, financed by crowdfunding on the Produzioni dal Basso platform, which will come out to be a personal guide, different from the conventional ones, in which sensations will be one of the main elements.
Linda and Andrea’s enterprise foresees a travel of about 10.000 km on about 35 days, which will see them cross various “types” of North. The first will be the North of Italy, where they will cross the spectacular landscapes of the Dolomites up to the Brenner Pass. Then they will proceed to the North of Europe, crossing Innsbruck, Nuremberg and Hamburg up to Denmark. From there, they will continue by ferry across the Norwegian Sea, visiting the Fær Øer to finally reach Iceland, whose perimeter will be travelled kilometre after kilometre.
So, who are the physical souls travelling behind the camera lens?
Linda Pezzano, born in Apulia in 1992, graduated from the Roman School of Photography and Cinema and followed a Masters in Divergent Visions with Massimo Mastrorillo. After her studies, she remained in Rome where she worked as a photographer. In her shots, she focuses on people and their stories in a way that could be defined as fully humanist.
Andrea Roversi, born in 1983 in Rome, is a freelance photographer who has collaborated with various international magazines such as Terra Mater. His works have also been featured in many festivals on a worldwide scale. His main theme is the relationship between human and nature, in particular the adaptation of the first to the second. This is not his first time in Iceland, having worked for 8 months in an Icelandic farm.
Some More Info
Despite the commitment and the hardships of the travel, Linda and Andrea have had the time and the kindness to answer some questions through which we can get to know them and the project in a deeper way.
How was the (artistic) relationship between Linda and Andrea born?
Before being artistic, ours was a meeting on a personal level. The idea of working together on a project was a natural consequence, being both photographers and lovers of the Northern European landscapes.
Looking at the arc of your photographic experience, do you have a shot which you are particularly attached to?
How much has the previous experience of Andrea in Iceland been decisive for the definition of the project?
It was important to us, as it saved us time. We knew in which places to go, and in which to return. Obviously, all places are far from the usual tourist itineraries.
Did the project start with the idea of crowdfunding from the beginning?
The project started with the idea of creating a book. Before opening the crowdfunding, we gathered some information about the costs for a self-production. Once we understood that those costs would have been very high for a quality product, we decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign.
One of the main ingredients of your trip are the feelings. What were yours when you left?
Surely excitement, for everything that was waiting for us and that still awaits us.
What are your expectations regarding your project?
We strongly believe in this project. Although we have not planned it step by step, we have tried to set up a general program. 10.000 km in six states (if we consider the Fær Øer Islands a state in itself) and 40 days of travel require careful preparation.
What were or will be the greatest difficulties to face while realizing it?
Surely the most complicated work will be the choice of the photos. We have a lot of material to work on, both about this trip and the previous one, and it won’t be easy to decide what to include and what not.
In addition, even the costs, already high for the trip, will also be high for the creation of the book.
In terms of time, how much did this spectacular adventure cost?
Months. We started the planning of our travel as soon as we came back from the previous one. The last six months have certainly been the most intense.
Yours is a journey to the North, through the North, from Northern Italy to Northern Europe, up to the geographic North par excellence. How do places, people and sensations change with the latitude?
The more we go North, the more it seems that the relationship between Human and Nature changes. Between the Fær Øer Islands and Iceland, farms and fishing villages increase, while cities decrease. You live mainly of what nature offers you. Plains give way to mountains, woods diminish almost to disappear. It’s nice to think that if you get over 6000 km from Italy, you’ll also leave the chaos and the noise behind.
After Iceland and the publication of the book, do you already have some new destination in mind?
We certainly want to continue deepening the discussion about the North. Our dream remains Greenland, but we are also interested in Norway and Finland.
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