Stromboli, Iddu

Stromboli Island is photographed in the morning from Strombolicchio, a volcanic plug which is the remnant of the original volcano from which Stromboli was built up. Aeolian Islands, Italy.
Mario Cusolito, a former docker and fisherman from Stromboli, is portrayed on a small beach called “Aeolus’s Cave”. Next to him I photographed part of the wall of lava rock surrounding the beach. Aeolus, the Greek god of the winds, was thought to have moved his headquarters from a nearby island to Stromboli in order to better control and distribute the winds in the Mediterranean sea. Cusolito, who paints during Stromboli's long winters, has been called several times to exhibit his work abroad. He traveled a sometimes but always preferred to send his work, as he doesn't like to leave the island. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.
Fishermen disentangle their nets after fishing in the morning on Stromboli. Following Rossellini’s movie “Stromboli, Land of God”, the growing popularity of the island created job opportunities related to tourism, and many changed their previous jobs. Fishermen represent the stronghold of society as it once was on the island, but due to overfishing by big companies it is feared that within a few years it won’t be possible anymore to for them to support themselves by fishing. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.
A crater of Stromboli volcano erupts on Stromboli Island, a small, round island in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the coast of Sicily, Italy.
Stromboli’s activity, based on frequent explosive eruptions at the summit craters, has rarely endangered the lives of the population of the island, represented by few hundred people living on two small tongues of land between the volcano and the sea. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.
Eva, a swiss woman who has been living on Stromboli island for about thirty years, plays with her cat on the roof of her house. Next to her a boat is photographed off the coast of the island during a storm. The weather can be very harsh on Stromboli. During the winter the winds are often so strong that boats cannot dock on the island nor leave for days at a time. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.
Fishermen’s boats are photographed at night on the beach on Stromboli Island while a lightening behind the clouds gives the sky a purple nuance. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.
A window is photographed in the house of Eva, a swiss woman who has lived on Stromboli for about thirty years. Eva moved to the island when there was still no electricity, pushed by the desire for a raw contact with nature. She loves science and art books about volcanoes and she’s fascinated by their energy. Eva says she is meteoropathic and she often looks from the window at the storms which frequently hit the island. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.
An Ape Car is photographed at night on Stromboli island. There are no lights in the street on Stromboli. When electricity got to the bigger village of the island in the 70’s, residents decided to take advantage of it only in houses and businesses, not in the streets. Among the motivations that emerged from interviews are the low risk of accidents given that no cars (only a few ape cars, golf cars and scooters) are allowed on the island, energy savings and the choice to preserve the possibility to see sky at night.
Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.
Nino Reitano, nicknamed Ninnoi, from Messina, smokes in his house at night on Stromboli Island, and the sun is photographed over Forgia Vecchia beach.
Ninnoi has been living in the Far East for many years, before moving to Stromboli and opening a clothing and accessory store with products he imports from India and nearby countries. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.
Needlefish swim under the dock of Stromboli village’s port. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.
Visitors climb at night on Stromboli volcano, following volcanic and alpine guides. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.
Sylvia Vecchio, who works as a volunteer offering monitoring and assistance to hikers, is portrayed on Stromboli volcano, and one of the craters of Stromboli volcano erupts at night. Sylvia, from Linguaglossa, Catania’s province, is also a guide focusing on environment and member of the alpine rescue team of Northern Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.
Stromboli island is seen from a boat shortly before dawn. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.
Writer Laurence Cornet, on Stromboli island for a reporting trip, reaches for a rock at “Aeolus’ Cave”, a small beach on Stromboli Island. Aeolus, the Greek god of the winds, was thought to have moved his headquarters from a nearby island to Stromboli in order to better control and distribute the winds in the Mediterranean sea. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.
Andrea Cancellieri, illustrator from Milan, on Stromboli island for a work-related project, draws on his chest with volcanic sand. Next to him I photographed volcanic stones underwater. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.
Tourists hike on Stromboli volcano. The hike to get to the craters from Stromboli village is about 2.30 hours long. It is now forbidden to hike to the summit of the volcano without a mountain guide. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.
Francesco Utano, nicknamed “Zurro”, owner of a well-known restaurant on Stromboli island, is portrayed at a volcanic cliff called Punta Restuccia, and solidified lava is seen in the same location. Francesco, Strombolian, used to fish when he was younger, and he goes to punta Restuccia in his free time to find moments of rest and reflection. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.
The light resulting from the magmatic activity in one of Stromboli’s craters is seen from the summit at sunset. The volcano, characterized by a frequent explosive activity at medium to low intensity, gave the name to this kind of eruptions, named "strombolian" worldwide. Stromboli, Eolie Island, Italy. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.
High School students from Turin, Italy, look at the landscape from the summit of Stromboli volcano. Next to them, I photographed the view from the volcano on the sea surrounding the island at sunset. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.
The night ship that covers the route Stromboli-Naples leaves from the island, under the rain. During the winter the winds are often so strong that boats cannot dock on the island nor leave for days at a time. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy.