In his series Contos Amazônicos (Amazon Tales), Rafael Milani photographs the mysterious natural world of his home country of Brazil. The project, which was inspired by a 19th century book of fantastic tales, is Milani’s attempt to capture the feeling of the unbearable mystery and greatness of nature. Milani aims to combine the supernatural element of the old stories with the hardships of real life in the Amazon region, where man, plants, and animals are caught in an endless cycle of suffering and destruction within a hostile,  grandiose landscape. The murky tone, desaturation, darkness, and obscurity of the images express Milani’s idea that “nature is and will aways be, ultimately, something unfathomable and alien to mankind.”

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