Marble District is a photographic project developed by Francesco Luciani in the mining area located between the villages of Apricena and Poggio Imperiale, on the north of regione Puglia, Italy. The work – still in progress – gives a photographic account of human intervention on the territory. This slow observation focuses on the transformation of the landscape, beginning with the initial creation of the mining sites and then subsequent abandonment of the area after the marble’s fields were drained. As a result, the district is facing a particular process of change as the natural landscape cohabits with, but ultimately alters, the industrial site. These spaces have been irrevocably shaped by humans and their traces remain everywhere. Left behind are the evidences of the exploitation of resources but also a possible healing found in their abandonment, as the nature begins to re-mold the spaces into new creations of haunting beauty combining the industrial and the natural.
The project was realized through a large format camera in order to highlight the panoramic views and the details of the rock formation.