In this context ‘ghost-hunting’ is not about chasing away or hunting down ghosts, but is rather a past-time akin to fishing or bird-watching, with locals determined to spot these paranormal beings in order to confirm their existence. The buildings they visit have however been abandoned and empty for centuries, the stories of their past inhabitants both revered and feared, suggesting that despite the apparently wide acceptance of ghosts in Italy people are still reluctant to make a haunted house a home.

Barbara’s photographs capture these old decadent buildings at a distance, from which they appear eerily inviting. Her images of the interiors are more visually abstract, their graininess and the unrecognisable forms they portray eluding to the ghostly presences that are supposed to inhabit these residences.

Photography by Barbara Leolini

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