2021 / Editorial / Environmental

Lost Roots

  • Photographer
    Filippo Ferraro

Since 2013, a bacterium, Xylella Fastidiosa, is killing millions of olive trees in the southeast of Italy. The epidemic caused huge economic and environmental losses, but another loss, is affecting the inhabitants’ lives of this area: that relating to their own identity. About 60 million olive trees in Apulian region, are deeply rooted in people's lives, as symbols of ancient cultural traditions. Their loss was experienced as the loss of a loved one, causing a deep wound in the relationship between the local community and its own land. The link wit the past is broken, the roots are lost.

Born in 1990, after a Law degree and some work experiences in the insurance field, he decided to devote his attention to an in-depth study of documentary photography. His research focuses mainly on social, political and environmental issues. He's currently based in Trieste - Italy.