The Palude di Torre Flavia natural monument is a protected area established in 1997 by the Lazio Region which extends along the seashore just north of Rome, near a sixteenth-century tower now in ruins. It includes a number of small ponds which provide shelter and food for many wild birds.
Covering only 43 hectares, the area has become a pole of attraction for many categories of citizens: researchers of various disciplines of the natural sciences such as ornithologists and botanists and geologists, birdwatchers, schools of all levels including the universities of Rome and Lazio and then farmers, breeders, nature photographers and video makers, sports trainers, horse riding tourism operators, painters and other artists and more.
There are also numerous cultural associations, not to mention those who frequent the area for recreational purposes such as amateur fishermen, surf and kite enthusiasts, families with children, dog handlers, ordinary citizens looking for a walk by the sea.
The naturalistic importance of the area and the presence of active management have ensured over time the creation of several publications on the importance of Torre Flavia from a scientific point of view.
However, what great value Torre Flavia represents for the whole community that frequents it remains inadequately represented. A value made up of still natural landscapes, of the freely usable sea, of birdsong and fragrant blooms, of sun and wind, of silence, of small paths on the dune, of relaxed smiles among the visitors as well as among accomplices who keep a secret. The primary objective of the project is to create a large photographic work that represents the set of functions exercised by the area on the wide range of categories that frequent it. All this, in particular, through a series of portraits of the people who live in the area every day and throughout the year. The ultimate aim of the project is the acquisition of greater awareness of the social and cultural value of the Torre Flavia area by those who already frequent it, but also by the entire local community.
People are portrayed with their eyes closed. This narrative device is functional to the need to stimulate the curiosity of those who will observe the photographs, thus prolonging the times of use and making the sensory experience more incisive and lasting. The closed eyes also want to represent the aspirations, desires and dreams of the portrayed subject in reference to the area he has chosen to frequent.