Remembering Salento – Benjamin Rossignol

Producer and creator of digital content, Benjamin Rossignol presents here the project that animated his summer.
Sometimes in color, sometimes in monochrome, the images tell of the moments spent in Italy’s heel, more precisely in Salento, Puglia.

His photos, mainly focused on the people he met, are gathered in a digital book. The layout is neat, graphic and intelligent, which links the whole into an object that is an inspiration to travel.

“I take a deep breath and dive. Blue attracts me, how many meters can that represent?

Remembering Salento - Benjamin Rossignol
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One meter, the noise of the discussions fades, we only hear a shout, I compensate the air of my mask, swallows but has no more saliva.
Outside, humans frolic in the dark blue water. I fight the water-resistance that pushes my torso back into the open air.

Remembering Salento - Benjamin Rossignol
©Benjamin Rossignol

Five meters, one last kick, spit a little air out of my lungs, nothing holds me back physically, the bottom sucks me in.

Remembering Salento - Benjamin Rossignol
©Benjamin Rossignol

Ten meters, is it time to choose? Doubt pierces me.

Remembering Salento - Benjamin Rossignol
©Benjamin Rossignol

Fifteen, the bottom is not far away, the focus is within reach of the lungs. Touched, time is stretching, I am busy not rushing the ascent.
There’s nothing here, I forget everything, I don’t need anything, and I don’t need to need anything.

Remembering Salento - Benjamin Rossignol
©Benjamin Rossignol

It’s time to go, I tilt my head back and go up, the light outside screams through the window. Follow the bubbles, resign yourself. I will come back down, that’s for sure; it’s probable; indeterminate, endless.

Remembering Salento - Benjamin Rossignol
©Benjamin Rossignol

The suction intensifies, the pressure decreases, the chrome-plated airbrush shrinks; hands open towards the cyan, I slow down the fall. The membrane gets pierced, the air fills my chest. My heart is pounding, my thoughts have been there.”

– Benjamin Rossignol

The complete Remembering Salento book is available here

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