The book by Marco D’Anna intends to reflect on a new Silk Route: One Belt One Road, investigated through a series of photographs of ‘landscapes’ of containers and an apparatus of texts about international shipping routes.
The project started off in a key moment of the photographer’s life: years ago, during one of his journeys, he was on an Italian warship heading for the Gulf of Aden in Somalia, via the Suez Canal.
He saw cargo ships appear of a size he had never seen before. They looked like spaceships coming out of the night – they were huge, one a scale he had never even seen in the Mediterranean.
That was the first time he came into contact with shipping containers and the huge boats of planetary commerce.