Standing Still

PhotographerFilippo Bardazzi, Laura Chiaroni
Entry Description

For a long time the Far West has been the destination of adventurers and pioneers moved either by vocation or by need. This unusual embrace between civilization and a wild, but sometimes also inhospitable nature originated the American man. In the twentieth century, just when the United States were emerging as the dominant world power, the frontier became the subject of an extremely popular form of narration that contributed to making the Far West a mental place as well as a concrete one and its real elements were adopted as the symbols informing the whole nation's myth of its origins. Now that the “American era” is coming to an end, we felt it was important to make this journey. A trip that allowed us to observe the condition of American Western symbols in the territory in which they were born.