SALINA - STROMBOLI
Lighthouse of the Mediterranean
I travelled to the Aeolian Islands in the summer of 2013 to photograph Stromboli, a diminutive volcano that rises 3,000 feet above the waves of the Tyrrhenian Sea. We found a small apartment on the neighbouring island of Salina, which is the econd-largest in the archipelago. Salina boasts a natural preserve, vineyards and groves of peach and lemons and also a clear view of Stromboli's near-constant eruptions; we watched them light up the sky in the evenings.
I have a thing for volcanoes, and the urge to climb Stromboli proved strong. I desperately wanted to photograph the eruptions from the summit, and after a few days found a local who agreed to get me to the top for sunset. I left Clare and kids on Salina and bounced three miles across the open sea in a rubber dinghy to reach the shores of the volcano. It took five hours, in blistering heat, to climb. The sounds and vibrations were unnerving - the earth literally groaning under my feet, but the experience was utterly exhilarating. Perhaps easier on me than my family, who could see Stromboli erupting knowing I was standing on top.