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Rains Journal Issue Seven - Zones of Sardinia

April 06, 2016

By Cédric Dasesson

Words: Rickey Lindberg & Cédric Dasesson
Photos: Cédric Dasesson

Cédric Dasesson is a landscape photographer and creator of the immense project of visually mapping the entire coastline of Sardinia with great lights and details. With a background in architecture, Cédric works as a freelance photographer, organizing exhibitions both in Sardinia and in Italy. In addition to this, Cédric collaborates with magazines and brands all over the world. With his RAINS 'Long Jacket' and camera, this coastal explorer shares his journey of the wonderful island he calls home. Cédric has no map or GPS - only his compass and sense of direction. This allows him to experience his photography with the eye of a wandering explorer as he tours the coastal route of Sardinia, Italy.

Starting Point 39° 13' 47" N, 9° 11' 08" E

My name is Cedric Dasesson. Surrounded by the great Mediterranean Sea, in the southern region of Italy, is an island called Sardinia which I have the luxury of calling home. I have always admired architecture from all around the world, but living at Sardinia has taught me that the greatest architecture is the mother nature herself. Waves shapes rocks, which can be everything from round to sharp and red to green, grey or black. All of which will eventually change over time. My passion for architecture and nature has inspired me to map out the coastline of Sardinia and share my journey, capturing the impressions I get through pictures and words.

Cagliari's Harbor 39° 11' 41" N, 9° 05' 49" E

The meeting point between the city and the sea. The entrance for traders and cruise ships and underneath it, the hiding place for shipwrecks and lost goods. The wind is strong here, but the air is warm so it feels refreshing. I continue my coastal journey towards to rocky world of Is Mortorius. Being without a map or GPS forces me to pay extra attention to my surroundings in order to navigate to the next destination.

Is Mortorius 39° 11' 52" N, 9° 19' 26 E

Rock bottom. The light goes right through the clear surface with the high rocks rising from the water. The sea is often quiet here which allows me to focus all my attention to what happens below the surface. Staying under the line between the sky and the sea is a complete feeling of freedom. It is like home; there is a roof and a floor, and I find myself feeling free in the silence of the deep.

Costa Rei 39° 14' 13" N, 9° 34' 18" E

South-east beach. This place has a unique atmosphere and you will never find the same light or colors at any other beach. The thing that strikes you the most from this part of the coastline is the transparency of the water. No matter if the sea is stormy or calm, from some high observation point you will always have a clear view of the water meeting the bottom. Due to the weak waves the rock shapes here are rounded and soft.

Sant'Antioco 39° 04' 34" N, 8° 20' 55" E

A small island next to the island, connected by a bridge. The coastline is very rough and characterized by its sharp and dark rocks. An interesting and diverse flat rock takes your view to a lighthouse in the middle of the sea. A little historical element that takes the viewer to an other time and place.

Masua 39° 19' 57" N, 8° 25' 10" E

The sea here can be very stormy and is therefor the perfect place for surfers and wind lovers. The thousand colors of the rocks tell stories about the many men who has crossed their way. You can smell the salt in the air which breaks and shapes the rocks and creates the unique designs. This place is a place for dreaming.

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