Betty Colombo captures the changeable relationship between humans and their environment, as seen through a cycle of care, destruction and rebirth
The relationship between mankind and nature is at the core of the four series presented by Betty Colombo, an exchange depicted in its controversial and stupefying aspects. Humans destroy the planet and then heal it, both harm each other to then repair each other. The conflicting symbiosis between people and the environment reveals itself in various ways: from a land hit by fire then reborn thanks to human intervention, to the saving of an animal wounded because of the same destruction generated by its saviours. Natural change can mean life, but also death. The struggle between these forces becomes here a cycle pervading the body of the earth, its trees, and the human body. The woodland destroyed by the fire changes its skin, and so do human beings by seeking salvation in medical interventions aimed at regenerating and avoiding death, the fate of all living creatures.
Betty Colombo is a photoreporter who works for various Italian and foreign publications, and is involved in the Local Testimonial Project by Canon. Her images have been purchased by the Centre Pompidou, the Guggenheim and the Museum of Modern art in Stockholm. Her main work is travel, as an encounter of places, people and photography.