From the beginning, Federica Landi has perceived photography in a perspective of construction, using it as a visual language for “spatial investigations”. A pivotal element of her research is the relationship between the human presence and the environment. The investigated space is the one created by man himself by the simple act of seeing. Perceptions are thus conceived not as static systems, but they come into active play through movements and responses that inevitably leave trails behind them.
“Spectrum” is a project born from the interest in the way men negotiate and reshape the landscape through their own perceptions and their need of re-appropriation of it using “technological filters”. The aim of the project is to investigate the contemporary attitude to modify the landscape through artificial devices, treating it as an aesthetic object and a customized visual experiment, rather than an element existing in its own right. The purpose is also to better understand the tensions generated by new media on human perceptions by constantly “filtering” our experience of seeing. The landscape presented in the series depicts both urban and suburban areas. The photographer juxtaposed pieces of colourful Plexiglas between the lens and the landscape creating distortions and reflections. Here the aim of the photographer is not the one of documenting: she rather means to start a process of re-appropriation of the space imagining her photo-camera to perform the same tricks of an iPhone, hiding and changing its colours and forms in a playful way.