Italian photographer Massimo Vitali went to the Mediterranean coast of his homeland to observe his compatriots and try to understand why they had first elected someone like Silvio Berlusconi back in 1994. At the beach he said that he found the “best and the worst” of the population. He tried to equalize these differences by shooting from above in direct sunlight with little or no shadow. This image, with the scattered subjects splashing in the clear water on the white sand, has an almost translucent, otherworldly quality to it. Yet the title alludes to the possibility that the photograph is more than a mere beach scene of summer holiday-makers, but instead questions human intent and judgement.

Animaletti, detail, 2004.

Paul Lowe, A Chronology of Photography, Thames & Hudson, 2018, p. 244.