Oliver Eglin 
Featured photographer

Il Gattopardo

Contorted red canvas, naked fish; wall of battered iron, dirty and bruised, somebody’s feet. A lost cowboy, hands tied in wire, the scorched earth of viscous mahogany red; and those wild, wild palms.

Inspired by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s iconic novel, Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) traces the footsteps of its protagonist Prince Fabrizio. Journeying from Palermo to Catania these diaristic images chronicle a circumnavigation of the islands northern peninsular.

Since unification Sicily has grappled with the notion of governance from Rome and continues to retain a stoically unyielding sense of identity, wholly distinct from mainland Italy.

Eglin’s impulse to create work through travel stems from reading the mid-20th Century prose of American writers such as: Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy. His images embody the same modernist style, delivering a disorientating diary across a strange and unfamiliar landscape.

© All photos courtesy of Oliver Eglin.

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