SP 67, La Strada della Tramontana Scura. Roberto Schena (Italy).
Photographs by Roberto Schena
Text by Paolo Caredda
Published by Edizioni Punctum, 2012.
SP 67 is a new book by Italian photographer Roberto Schena. La Strada della Tramontana Scura, or “The Road of the Dark North Wind”, is known for its nasty weather with a lot of rain and storms. Robert Schena spent three years investigating the road, surroundings and documenting its darkest corners. SP 67 is only 13 kilometers in length, it runs in the mountains in the northern part of Italy. “SP67: 13 kilometers of a provincial road from Apparizione, a neighbourhood on the borderline of Genoa, to Calcinara, four houses in the inland” (*). Isn’t it a fabulous story for a road trip?
A map on the end notes gives a geographical reference. Images of a dark forest, foggy road, trees in clouds, details, local inhabitants create a spooky and magical atmosphere. Few animals caught by camera bring certain dynamic to the book. The last image is a car. Is it the end of the journey, its beginning, or one of the mysteries of the forest?
The SP 67 is well printed book with elegant design; good heavy paper and high picture quality. And a light smell of ink. SP 67 is poetic road trip presented in a beautiful book form.