Men and beasts, water and pastures, sun and rain, rock and shelters. And a time spent up there – in the highlands of the Valle Camonica –, long enough to induce a certain way of settling, of moving, of ascending and descending, of finding food and consuming it, of staying there and understanding life. Two places, two mountain pastures, two plunges. The emergence of a story composed of several voices that accompany us into this world, a little distant and yet so real.
Through images and words, Lassù offers an account of life among the mountain pastures, its rules and rhythms that are so far removed from what most of us are used to. The book, edited by Elena Turetti, is the result of fieldwork in Valle Camonica. It combines Sara Donati's illustrations, which range from wide-ranging landscapes to the smallest everyday actions; Stefano Graziani's photographs, which reveal the placid presence of grazing cows, reflecting the care for animals shown by people; and Alessandro Ruffini's photographs, where the traces of human presence reveal a world made up of "other" needs and habits.
The narration in pictures is punctuated by texts by Elena Turetti, Giusi Quarenghi and Marco Milzani, from which emerges the equal, intimate and inescapable relationship with the surrounding environment - with the sky that dictates daily activities, with things, with animals - of which life here is comprised. “To be here, you need to work together with everything rather than compete. The highlands demand cohabitation, they make us feel part of an immense living body, which hosts and in turn asks for hospitality.” (Giusi Quarenghi).