Colours of Rome
There is "Rosso Veneziano" and "Gialo Napolitano" and all the shades of a country blessed by a superb light. And then there is Rome.
“The city, however, does not tell its past, but contains it like the lines of a hand, written in the corners of the streets, the gratings of the windows, the banisters of the steps, the antennae of the lightening rods, the poles of the flags, every segment marked in turn with scratches, indentations, scrolls.” - Italo Calvino, Cities and Memory 3, Invisible Cities
Elisa is venerating Rome and captures the colour and the smell of a city bathing in clay's ochre. But most of all she captures the many moods of its inhabitants in a masterful way, worthy of Calvino's invisible city (it is no secret that all Italo's cities were in fact one).
Why then the B&W picture? Because, among other, in art photography we are looking for the ambiguous, the unstable, the doubt. Once a street loses its authoritative colours, there remains nothing but the glance, the gaze, the divine touch of the inhabitants.
Similarly to Rome's oscillating correlation between inhabitants, physical site and cultural context, Elisa here explores the instability of the connexion between viewer, visual narration and physical context.
And she is doing it in the most honest way, by dignifying her subjects with her attention. They are now touched by pathos.
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