Having lived in large cities for the majority of his life, London-based photographer Aldo Filiberto is drawn to the infinite unknown that lies beyond the hustle and bustle of daily life. This hunger for exploration is what brought the artist to foreign shores of Iceland, where he went for long meditative drives on unpaved roads, immersing himself in its unpeopled landscapes.
As he stood within the sprawling terrain of Iceland, an understanding of the smallness and immateriality of mankind washed over him. Filiberto identifies primarily as a portrait photographer, noting that he saves landscape work for his own personal projects. In Iceland, however, he set his gaze away from the human subject, explaining, “When present in the shot, people are secondary, insignificant, alien.”
Despite the relative absence of individual people in his images, Filiberto provides insight into our widespread impact on the planet and its wilderness. In Iceland’s animals, specifically its herds of wild horses, he discovers the majesty of nature while highlighting the conflicts that often arise from mankind’s interventions.
Unlike other landscape photographers, Filiberto places the search for subjective beauty above achieving a flawless formal composition. He finds the sublime in nature’s imperfections, operating from intuition instead of calculated thought. “All I’m looking for is my own representation of the truth,” says the artist.
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