Motif suggested by the tree cut (1967/68)
The subject is obsessively repeated from the first to the last photo: cut tree logs, where from the wood grains Giacomelli identifies and brings out human figures.
“I went to these places to find abstract things and instead a first image made me think: here is the face the farmer must have had, the farmer that did not have the expression I wanted while I was taking his pictures, while in the wood there was not only the expression I wanted, but also the earth I had photographed and the matter, the wrinkles, a synthesis of all I wanted from the farmers”.
(In Germano Celant, Mario Giacomelli, Ed. Photology-Logos 2001)