How is it to live around Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe and one of the largest in the world? “Il Mongibello” is a majestic shadow that symbolically touches all of Sicily and all Sicilians, but, for those who live on its slopes, it’s a significant presence to contend with day after day. Recently, the volcano has once again made its voice heard loudly; numerous explosions have been recorded, eruptive columns have risen up to nine kilo-meters above sea level and lapilli and ashes have blanketed entire villages surrounding the volcano itself.

“A Muntagna” is a long journey around Mount Etna, narrating the deep bond that unites the volcano with the people who live there, and the extraordinary normality of lives lived in its towering presence, which at any time can generate seismic events. It’s an ambiguous relationship, teetering between great devotion and constant fear. They say that when an eruption ends, Etna is already preparing for the next one: it’s the eternal confrontation between the volcano and the human beings who have chosen to depend on his benevolence.

Bio: Emanuele Occhipinti is an independent documentary photographer currently based in Brighton, UK. He studied photography at the Roman School of Photography and Cinema, in 2012 and furthered his education in the International Program of Photojournalism at the DMJX, Danish School of Media and Journalism, in 2016.
Emanuele’s photography mainly focuses on personal, long-term projects that highlight social, environmental, and anthropological issues. His works have been featured in esteemed publications including The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Il Reportage, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, and Burn Magazine, to name a few, and exhibited internationally in galleries and photography festivals over the years.