La Favorita (2013-2017)

The horizon is in the simple gesture of raising your gaze and seeking the infinite straight ahead; that's when you see it, whether it's there or not. And sometimes during our walk, I want you to do that!

I recall from childhood my grandfather's words of advice, on one of those routine afternoon strolls in Beit-Mery, Lebanon.

In La Favorita,  those portraits are the result of wanderings with some of the people I encountered in Sicily the past decade.
Through their gaze, I try to draw the line separating the sky from the sea: the horizon. 
The rest of the images are collected notes of a candid botanist in the Largest green area of Palermo.

La Favorita is a 400 hectares managed as Natural Reserve under Monte Pellegrino; inside there are: Palazzina Cinese, the Ethnographic Museum G. Pitre, Villa Niscemi, Race course, Roma camp, football stadium, municipality warehouses, World War II derelict military check points and other sports facilities.
It was born as a hunting reserve for the aristocracy in the 17th century and for agricultural experiments with large crops of citrus, olive, ash, walnut and sumac...
A large part today is a semi-abandoned park, a joggers' & bikers' playground, a hares' kingdom, a picnic-nickers refuge & a prostitutes' working place.

All punctuate the melancholic geography of my walks.