23 June – 7 July 2017

2013 – 2014


The Project
This series of 12 is part of a project investigating an old main road, the “Strada Regina” (literally “Queen Road”), which leads along the west coast of Lake Como, Italy. It was historically part of a long stretch of road, which, since the Roman age, had brought forth a commercial link through which the Lombard tradesmen maintained business relations with the merchants beyond the Alps. Today, the “Via Regina SS340” (State Road No. 340) is a traffic jammed coastal road, which, starting from the city of Como, hits Ponte del Passo (Municipality of Gera Lario), the most northern point of the lake, for a length of about 60 km, following some stretches of the old commercial road and sometimes running parallel to it.

The study of the peri-urban territory is an essential part of my photographic research. Attention is focused on aspects which are mainly lateral, marginal, and minimal, of a landscape that has been so “often seen” that it has become, by this very fact, elusive.

The photographic method used – which favours the square form – helps me to (con)strain and (con)fine the vision, facilitating an attempt to decipher a landscape which is made up of disordered structural textures and a mixture of natural elements and human imprints.




The movement of the lakeside region, that of sedimentation, is the poetry of Fabio Tasca. In his documentation of the SS340/SS340dir route, masses are pushed together, one against the next, buildings are stratified, creating a growing tension which eclipses the rarely seen lake.

Tasca shows us a movement towards a place, a perennial departure where there is a constant confrontation with a truth that presents itself as compact and peremptory, both as an obstacle and an opportunity for knowledge. From this perspective, we have in front of our eyes forms shaped to look like barriers, narrow perspectives given by deep diagonals, bare textures of grey cement, buildings with small windows. Presences unaware of their own minimalism, in our everyday lives showing themselves more as sculptures than places.

By depicting the tensions between masses, Tasca, aside from referring to the movement of accumulation, also affirms a resistance between two dimensions: on one side sedimentation, on the other the impulse to go beyond one’s own destination and the need to cast one’s nets elsewhere.

Visual planning and research occurred during a period of reflection. The oldest and newest objects along the historic route have offered to the photographer an unexpected challenge and given back fresh suggestions of great coherence, while still demanding the necessity of decision. We are talking about rethinking the landscape or projecting a utopia that is always belayed by the results.

Photography is a partial reinstatement of reality and, within the limits of the part that it is able to reproduce, has always been a tool of investigation and knowledge: it acknowledges the complexity of the region, both architectural and most of all anthropological.

Since its beginnings, from the middle of the 1800s until now, photographers have always and faithfully documented those changes from which there is noreturn: from Eugène Atget to Walker Evans, from the New Topographics (Lewis Baltz, Robert Adams and others) to Luigi Ghirri.

Fabio Tasca, prior to taking up any specific stance, always follows a critical trajectory. He is witnesses to the constant changes, to the urgent and necessary dialectic between our environment and us. He is aware that in the relationship between the region and us, even as it becomes constantly more touched by the hands of man, the terms of our identity are still well defined, that our future is preserved, and that we take stock of how we plan it.

Gian Franco Ragno
(Photography historian and publicist)



Born in Milan, Italy, in 1965. He received a degree in Slavic philology. He works as a photographer and translator in Como. During the early 90s, he began to work as a photographer for a few national newspapers. This was the beginning of a personal journey, which brought him to discover architectural and landscape photography.




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