Filippo Bardazzi was born is Prato in 1987. He works as a freelance journalist and photographer on documentary and editorial projects with the collective SooS Chronicles, founded with the colleague Laura Chiaroni.
He became journalist in 2011 after a degree in Philosophy at Università degli Studi, Firenze. After some collaborations with local newspapers and online magazines, he started his career as a freelancer in 2012 with SooS Chronicles, an Italian collective of documentary photographers, which focuses on the relationship between man and environment with a peculiar interest in all those changes involving past and present.
After his first long term feature, Standing Still (2013), he focused on unconventional gas extractions in Europe with the documentary project The Great Illusion. He has been working for italian and international magazines (D - La Repubblica, Gente, Newsweek Japan, Financial Times) and his pictures have been awarded in festivals worldwide (Rovinj Photodays, Royal Geographical Society - London, Photo Kathmandu, Athens Photo Festival).
2015 - IPA – International Photography Awards, 2015 - Photo Kathmandu, 2015 - Rovinj Photodays, 2015 - Athens Photo Festival, 2015 - Premio Marco Pesaresi, 2015 - Atkins CIWEM EPOTY, 2015 - MIFA Photography Award, 2013 - IPA – International Photography Awards, 2013 - FoFu Phot’Art, 2013 - Counter Balance EIB Award
The Great Illusion
New opportunities in unconventional gas exploitation let Europe dream of lightening its dramatic dependence on Russian supplies.
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the controversial method used to drill this type of gas. It is an invasive process that employs high-pressure water jets mixed with specific chemicals to break the shale rocks and to extract the gas contained in them. According to some studies, fracking would have serious consequences on the environment and it would require a strict regulation, which is still absent from the vague energy policy of the European Union.
For a long time the Far West has been the destination of adventurers, loners and pioneers moved either by vocation or by need. For these people the unexplored territories beyond the frontier represented a real step forward towards freedom and, possibly, glory.
Today immobility and stillness distinguish the condition of the contemporary West. Although some environmental and cultural changes have impacted the region, they have been unable to free this land from its famous iconography and the history it stands for. A myth that affects an environment so deeply can only become its constant aspect, doomed continually to repeat itself.