From Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer to Arles, through the Camargue Regional Natural Park, from the salt flats of Aigues Mortes to the rice farms, photographer Paolo Verzone spent a year in the Camargue, an astonishing region where water and land are one.
The Rhone delta is a patchwork of marshes and alluvial plains, wet meadows, rice fields, canals, salt lakes and steppes. The landscape is permanently reshaped by the sea, the Rhone and the wind, and is confusing and rugged, contrasting with the calm of nearby Provence. Despite the sometimes harsh climatic conditions, this small triangle of nature in the South of France is home to thousands of pink flamingos, wild bulls and white horses that make up the identity of the region.
With just over 10,000 inhabitants, it is one of the least populated regions in Europe. The economy is organized around tourism but above all around agriculture, bull and horse breeding, rice and brushwood, salt and potatoes.
If the population is not numerous, the Camargue culture is particularly anchored in the habits and shaped by numerous customs.