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Salvo Galano's portraits, floating in a magical marine embrace
Ponza, August 4 - The famed resort island of Ponza has added an unusual artistic attraction to its fantastically shaped rock formations dotted with Etruscan ruins and lapped by famously turquoise seas: the world's first underwater photography exhibition, by portraitist Salvo Galano.
Hanging parallel to the surface of the water and three meters below, the show's 28 large-scale prints - portraits and landscapes taken during the photographer's latest trip to Asia - is titled titled Southeast Passage.
The exhibition took months of experimentation to perfect on a technical level, as the artist tried out different materials and studied the currents around the island to create an installation that is in harmony with the ever-changing angles of the sunlight through the water at different times of day.
The show can be enjoyed by snorkeling or rowing above it in the crystalline waters of the Baia del Frontone, a key destination on this lovely crescent-shaped island that was first settled by the Etruscans and is said to be where Homer and his crew fell under the spell of Circe the sorceress. "Ponza is the sea, a crystalline sea that dominates over everything. The show has become the sea," said Galano, who has exhibited in Milan, New York, and Amsterdam.
Southeast Passage is on view through September 14.