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// Enzo is an award-winning Italian artist/photographer with a great love of fine arts. His new project, The Sand of Time takes its inspiration from a poem of the same title by the great Italian poet Gabriele D’Annunzio.

A self-taught photographer, Enzo was appointed Master of Artistic Photography and admitted to the International Academy of Modern Art in Rome for artistic merit. His two series “Il velo dell’anima” (The veil of the soul) and “La bellezza perduta” (The lost beauty) were featured by the Civic Museums of Reggio Emilia. The photographic project Veglia (Vigil), composed of six works were exhibited by the Museo Storico Italiano della Guerra in Rovereto. Two of his photo books have been published by Corsiero editore: “La bellezza perduta” and “Otto ore”. Enzo is represented by the Artifact Gallery of New York..

“I cannot understand why the poets of our day wax indignant at the vulgarity of their age and complain of having come into the world too early or too late. I believe that every man of intellect can create his own beautiful fable of life.”

Gabriele D’Annunzio

What draws you to the arts?

It’s an important complementary part of my life, Art is Culture…” 

What do you like best about this photographic project?

I am fascinated by the study of poetry, which for me is a great source of inspiration for constructing photographic projects.

Enzo shared some photos from his latest conceptual photo project, The Sand of Time. This series is freely inspired by a poem by the great Italian poet Gabriele D’Annunzio. The poet, like others of his generation, rejected the naturalism of the preceding romantics, writing work that was both sensuous and mystical, part of the late-19th-century Decadent movement. Poetry, according to this school of thought, had to be an extreme aestheticization of life, and life the ultimate work of art. In the poem The Sand of Time (La sabbia del tempo), D’Annunzio wrote of an idle summer afternoon, interpreting his hand as if it were an hourglass from which the warm sand slips, and with it the flow of existence, the beginning and the end. We present here an English translation of the Italian original, which may not fully do it justice (but we tried).

The sand of time

How the warm soft sand flows
for within the hollow of the idle hand,
the heart felt that the day was shortest.

And a sudden anxiety attacked my heart
for the approach of the humid equinox
that obscures the gold of the salty beaches.

To the sand of time the hand was an urn, an hourglass my palpitating heart,
the growing shadow of each vain stem
almost a shadow of a needle in a silent quadrant.

Gabriele D’Annunzio

Click on the photos to see a larger image. The frames around the images were added by the photographer and are considered an integral part of the art work.


To see more of his photography visit Enzo´s Instagram page and his website. We previously published a series by Enzo in this magazine, if you want to take a look at the article Meeting William Turner, you can see quite different work by the artist.