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The Gleno Dam, a forgotten disaster

The Gleno Dam is an architectural wonder located in the province of Bergamo, in the Scalve Valley, Lombardy, Italy. Built in the 1920s, it was considered one of the largest dams in Europe at the time. The collapse of the dam is one of the most serious engineering disasters in Italian history. On December 1, 1923, the dam gave way, causing a violent flood that devastated the valley below and killed over 400 people.
Today, it has become a popular tourist destination thanks to its imposing structure and breathtaking scenery. But for photography enthusiasts, the Gleno Dam offers much more.

I had been wanting to reach the dam and take a photo shoot of it for a long time. I decided to take a day off during the week to have the chance to take pictures with fewer people around.
Thanks to its architecture, the dam offers a unique atmosphere with a great variety of colors that are perfectly suited for analog photography. Color films allow experimenting with tones and contrasts, producing vivid and stunning images.

However, the dam is not the only noteworthy subject: looking around, one can easily seize the opportunity to take incredible panoramic photos. The vastness of the place and the surrounding landscape make it easy to capture images that show the entire beauty of the area.
In conclusion, I absolutely loved this day: the Gleno Dam offers opportunities to experiment with analog photography and film photography, allowing you to capture images that look like they came from another era.

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Kodak Portra 400

Before heading to the location, I searched for some references online to get a better idea of which film to use (when in the mountains, it's always preferable to travel light for obvious reasons).
From a technical standpoint, I decided to use a Kodak Portra 400 film: the more images I observed online, the more convinced I became that this film would have the best style to capture a place like the Gleno Dam.

Enjoy the show!

The photos featured in this article have been skillfully developed and carefully digitized at LomoLab in Vienna.