Nowness – Feature

Tender Summer

Photographer Anton Renborg explores the Mountainous Scented IsleThe hilly woodlands and meandering streams of Corsica’s picturesque landscape are captured in photographer Anton Renborg’s new series celebrating the Mediterranean outpost. Favored by leading fashion designers Giorgio Armani, Marc Jacobs and Jean Paul Gaultier, the island is a discreet holiday destination for Europe’s celebrity elite avoiding the paparazzi at glitzier resorts like Saint-Tropez by visiting the likes of the opulent Casa del Mar hotel on the coast near Porto-Vecchio or the Calvi on the Rocks electronic music festival each July. Setting off to document the island’s coastal views, the Swedish photographer captured youth idling through the summer months and yachts moored in the harbor of Calvi alongside its seaside cliffs, glacial lakes and expansive forests. “I fell in love with the island’s ruggedness, and started taking my own notes and keeping a diary from one location to another,” explains Renborg, who shot the series on film over the course of five years. The images led to Renborg’s forthcoming book Notices de la Corse, a personal project with graphic designer Jesper Örtegren and a paean to the island’s pastel tones and bucolic atmosphere. “If you go to the mountains it can start snowing, but half an hour ago it would have been 40 degrees in the valley,” says Renborg of Corsica’s contrasting appeal, which includes the famous GR20 walking trek stretching 180km of the island. “It can even take you back to the 19th century; you never really know what you’ll bump into.”