Photo by Matteo Luciani - www.matteoluciani.com
Preface by Luigi Boitani
The book shows the results of a fieldwork lastings three years, carried out exclusively within Montagne della Duchessa Reserve (Central Italy).
From the introduction
"[…] A theme I have always found interesting is, the coexistence between man and the natural surroundings where he lives and acts and how such a bond can exist without the ecosystem balance being modified.
It is from this turning point that I began to think and develop an innovative photographic project of a brief (but at the same time very long) story based on the challenging relationship existing between wolves and pastoralism. In this mission I have tried to highlight the potential strategies existing for a long-lasting harmony between them.
A story where wolves and man are not considered as two separated entities but more like two parallel lives in which they continually interconnect and share the same environment which is filled with unique characters and astonishing surroundings. All these elements are linked together by a fragile thread, which could easily break […].
I hope this story can emotionally involve readers as they read these pages, letting them have an insight to a remote and fascinating socio-cultural world which is slowly disappearing.
Finally, my greatest wish is that this story can be used as a key reference for the present and future generations in order to let them directly experience our incredible natural heritage (which we all depend upon). In addition to this, I hope this book can solve crucial issues like the coexistence between wolves and some of the significant human traditional activities which both have shared in the same environment for millennia."