There are places that seem untouched by human hands, and in which time seems to have stood still. Places that may be very close by but that are often hardly known. These places are considered the treasures of our world heritage and are nearly always protected areas.
Chiacchio and Walter Molfese, two Italian film makers, decided to put themselves to the test, in an attempt to discover the most beautiful places in their country using a complex filming technique: motion timelapse, or hyperlapse.
This technique is a combination of photography and movement: the camera takes shots at regular intervals (timelapse) whilst moving slowly along a rail. The two men started their journey ‘Italia Senza Tempo’ (Timeless Italy) by climbing to the highest peaks of Monte Pollino, in the south of the country. Here, the landscape is simply breathtaking; we are in the Pollino National Park, the largest protected area in Italy, stretching for 1,960 km² over the two regions of Basilicata and Calabria. Their steep climb through this untouched countryside was rewarded by a mesmerising view of the Italian coastlines on both the Ionian and the Tyrrhenian Seas. The park is the ideal hiking location and offers the chance to discover the region’s fascinating flora and fauna. In this place, nature’s rhythm is set by the rising and setting of the sun and by the passage of the stars. These corners of Italy are truly timeless and it is their remoteness that allows them to remain unchanged through the ages. In preparation for their journey, Angelo and Walter equipped themselves with a healthy sense of adventure, a good pair of comfortable shoes and the desire to get lost in wonder.
Laden down with all their photographic equipment, they pushed themselves ever further, in order to capture those places which are both so near and yet so far away for those who, for reasons physical or otherwise, are not able to reach them. The trip on Monte Pollino, in the southern area of Basilicata, was a mix of experience and emotion. There is a beauty in places such as these, that only those who push themselves to reach 2,000 m or over will ever admire. And, on 12 August and for 7 days and 6 nights, they did just that. They took their 40 kg of photographic equipment and set off to capture the magic of these places in a way that has never been done before. Now, they want to share their experience with as many people as possible, because timeless beauty like that which they found there in Southern Italy is something that belongs to everyone, and thus should be admired by everyone. Angelo and Walter used an innovative technique to capture an ancient and timeless place, a place where everything is governed purely by the rhythms of nature. The result of these 5 days, 35 hours of camera movement and 10,000 20 MP shots is the following video:
Angelo and Walter relied on the Manfrotto quality and experience to assist them in their trip up to the top of Monte Pollino. The video was created using two Manfrotto 190 XPROB tripods with two Manfrotto 804RC2 photo heads, to obtain more freedom of movement in the three different directions. They also used two Manfrotto Veloce bags to carry their equipment. They chose the Manfrotto 190 XPROB because it is so practical to use. Indeed, with its horizontal central column system, the two film makers were able to move from one set-up to another without having to undo or detach any part of the tripod: hugely convenient for someone who finds himself at 2000 m and facing varying weather conditions. As well as the more ‘traditional’ methods of use, the two tripods were also essential in supporting the Dynamic Perception Stage Zero Dolly, equipped with a Manfrotto 488RC4 photo head, which gave stability and precision with the additional safety lock and its two bubble levels. Even in the most extreme conditions, such as a picture taken under a waterfall, for which just staying on your feet is already hard enough, the 190XPROB tripods guaranteed the necessary stability for the 8 kg of equipment.