Michele Belloni captures the stories and images of artisans working high in the Tuscan hills

Michele Belloni
The mining profession has changed from the past, but it is still no less dangerous. (Image credit: Michele Belloni)

In Amiata, a mountain between Maremma and the Val d’Orcia hills, one of the most beautiful Tuscan areas, there are a lot of traditional artisan trades that are slowly being lost to make way for more modern activities. The abandonment of these ancient crafts produces enormous cultural damage, depriving the historical centres of traditional references. So I have tried to freeze these figures over time to prevent them from being forgotten.

The goal is to safeguard and enhance traditional trades at risk of extinction, possibly by stimulating the hope of a generational change through the transfer of the acquired skills by the artisans themselves during their lives, avoiding losing value of these ancient crafts.

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