Gold Winner

Of Warriors and Machines

Photographer

Antonio Denti

Category

Editorial Photography - War/Conflict

Company

Antonio Denti

Submission Group

Professional

Year

2022

Country / Region

Italy



An afternoon on a nuclear aircraft carrier. Somewhere in the Mediterranean. As growing tensions around the Ukraine-Russia issue are palpable in the air.



I focus on these warriors and their impressive machines. I think about what aggression means for the living beings.



Aggression is a vital impulse of all living beings. In nature - has its system of checks and balances. Example: when a wolf in a fight offers his throat to the adversary this will immediately, instinctively trigger the stop of the attack. The beaten wolf will leave, defeated but alive. In humans, the equivalent of instinct, is mercy, honor codes and humanity… they allow attackers to stop short of unnecessary destruction. But then gun powder was invented. The physical distance between the fighters became huge, and so the distance between the action and its effects. This made balances and checks of aggression in humans ineffective. Technology and machines have gone, since, all the way in exasperating this distance. To the point that now by pressing a button humans can kill immense numbers of fellow humans, wipe out cities miles and miles away from where they are. Technology and machines, tragically, have disconnected the actor from his actions. With machines, humans have lost touch and control of their aggression. The consequences of this are potentially immensely tragic.



In the brief time I spent on the aircraft carrier, ''the world's finest warship'', the work of genial ethologist Konrad Lorenz came to my mind often. Among many mind-blowing revelations he caught observing the behaviour of animals there was this: only animals capable of great aggression, like some tropical fish, or geese, or wolves and lions, are also capable of something that could be called love. They - as opposed to non-aggressive animals like sardines or sheep - are capable of durable affection and sacrifice, of mourning and enjoy the contact with that one individual. There comes the hope for humans

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