PORTFOLIO 2

Pictures of Rome: Lux Romae, Daguerreotype 

 

The subject to which I have dedicated myself several times over the years is Rome, the city where I was born,where I live and work in contact with an extraordinary artistic heritage. In this series, I chose to look at digital images with reproductions of ancient daguerreotypes by the American photographer Mathew Brady (mid-1800s), whose images have almost completely disappeared from the silver plates. The idea, bringing together two moments so far away from photography, is to extract my images from a historically defined time and visually render Rome the eternal city.

Pictures of Rome: Lux Romae, Monochrome 

 

Before the aesthetic-documentary essence, I seek the stratification of times on the artifacts’ surfaces - from Imperial to Renaissance or Baroque Rome, up to today’s Rome. The absence of human figures fits into this perspective, not reducing the subject in the instant of an historical moment, but trying to coagulate in the image a breath of time. The only witness (often the protagonist) is the sky, the same one under which the city has been shaped over thousand years.

Pictures of Rome: Lux Romae, Textures

 

The color of the city changes with the climate, the time, the season, and also with the mood of the photographer who portrays and filters it. These images reflect this second aspect: artistic truth does not always correspond to objective reality.