Summer in Salento by
photographer Bert Teunissen

The Ancient Allure of Puglia, slow-paced villages that make up Salento boast a stunning landscape, deep-blue seas, centuries of history – and are blissfully isolated from the 21st century.

AT THE START of the Italian film director Edoardo Winspeare’s “Quiet Bliss”, a world-weary woman moves her family to live in an olive grove. Italy’s enduring recession has brought the family to its knees and, forced to close their textile factory, they’ve come to work the land. Here — amid the cream of stone, the green of olive, the blue of sea — the women discover the ancient grace of agricultural Salento, long the humblest region within Puglia, the rough-hewn, rocky area in the country’s south. If the premise seems pat, the film is exquisite: visually arresting, emotionally raw. Minutes into meeting its director, I understand why …

Read the whole article by Taiye Selasi and see the slideshow (20 photos) of Crossmedia Design professor Bert Teunissen on-line. A version of this article appeared in print on September 27, 2015, on page M2236 of T Magazine in The New York Times with the headline: In search of lost time.
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