Inside the sea

Inside the sea
Portoferraio, Fort Falcone

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Promoted by the Municipality of Portoferraio, Cosimo dè Medici s.r.l., Sistema Museale dell'Arcipelago Toscano, Port System Authority of the Northern Tyrrhenian Sea and Lega Navale Italiana in collaboration with the 'Porta a Terra-Desco' Association and sponsored by the Region of Tuscany and the Livorno Maritime Directorate, the exhibition aims to raise awareness of the beauty of the sea and its inhabitants, but, above all, to raise awareness of the need and urgency of its effective protection.

The author of this journey into the underwater world is Sandro Leonelli, an instructor and underwater photographer who has been a member of the Italian Naval League for 25 years. Leonelli has been diving with his trusty camera for about 40 years, taking photos and making videos, the latest of which is a 12 1/2-minute documentary with the same title as the exhibition, which was screened at the opening.

The exhibit consists of a series of "back-lit" underwater photographs that highlight the spectacular nature of the marine environment of the Piombino Channel. The images, in various formats, are depicted through transparent opaline sheets illuminated at the back by LED light. What transpires is a high-resolution view rich in detail and color of the subjects that characterize the seafloor.

The visitor enters a completely dark room, enlivened by a musical background of Cetacean stalls. In some corners there are photo-diving equipment and antique diver equipment provided by Guido Simoni in the half-light. A true plunge into the blue for those who have never had the chance or the courage to dive in person.

The exhibition will remain open until Oct. 15, 2023, and can be visited daily from 9:30 am to 10:30 pm.

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