A failed utopia

PhotographerAttilio Bixio
Prize3rd Place in Editorial / Photo Essay and Feature Story
City/CountryPotenza, Italy
Photo DateMay, June 2017
Entry Description

In Basilicata, south Italy, a large "land reform" was made by the Government in the 50's of the last century, whereby many fields were assigned to agricultural workers that didn't own any. It was quite a social utopia, but afterwards the small farmhouses they built were almost all abandoned, and now the area is a large expanse of wheat fields, with few lonely houses, some of them collapsed. Nevertheless, all of them appears such as they have always been part of the surrounding landscape. They create minimal and graphical landscapes, where you will only see a few signs of the human life, such a plowed field with an abandoned farmhouse or a tree. And the sky. Nothing else.

About Photographer

Attilio Bixio is a passionate self-taught photographer based in Potenza, Italy, where he works as a construction engineer, mainly designing environmentally friendly buildings. It's a while that his great passion for photography, which was always present in his life, literally exploded. His attention is directed mainly to urban landscape, architecture and natural landscape, but he likes also to test himself in other fields, such as abstract and still life photography.