The perfect world

I love reading and i often find inspiration for my photos from the books i read. One of the books that hit my imagination was “Running wild”, by James Ballard. This short story had an enormous impact on my mind. This is the plet summary:

Pangbourne Village is an estate for the upper middleclass, protected by security fences and discreet guards. Its ten families are wealthy, respectable, 40-something couples with adolescent children on whom they lavish everything money can buy.

One morning it is discovered that all the adult residents have been killed and the children have disappeared without trace. Dr Richard Greville of Scotland Yard puzzles over the scanty evidence: it gives no leads to the identity of the murderers and kidnappers. No demands for ransom are received. No terrorist group claims responsibility.

The reader soon realizes that the missing children are also the missing murderers. Their controlled and materialistic upbringing has left them no way to establish their own identities except by rebelling into criminal savagery. However, in a tradition of obtuse policemen going back to Inspector Lestrade in the Sherlock Holmes stories, Greville resists drawing this obvious conclusion – until the children strike again.

The story and its impact on me remained inactive, photographically speaking, until, recently, i went to Milan, and i had the opportunity to see the “Vertical woods”, a new skyscraper that won the title of “most beautiful skyscraper in the world”. The building is fantastic and i loved it’s philosophy, but a part of my brain just recalled the feelings i had when i read the book. And hence the inspiration for this photo, that i called “The perfect world”


  • Sant’ignazio
  • Santa Maria degli Angeli – Rome
  • The new Milan
  • Palazzo Farnese