Archive for April 2012
Today’s portfolio is a series on paper people looking out on Rome from posters and such.
It illustrates three current trends: street artists are increasingly photocopying artwork and pasting it on the walls rather than stencilling it in spray paint; Italy’s growing presence of foreign-born people; and of course Italians’ perennial and unending obsession with beauty.
Photographs taken in springtime 2012, rome, italy.
some say real flesh-and-bones italians are handsome people. that’s just because they have not met the plastic ones. please allow me to introduce you…
in a country that counts the perennial quest for beauty among its national pastimes, it is perhaps to be expected that even mannequins would be movie-star good-looking.
pictures taken through shop windows in rome’s center in spring time.
squatriti is the name of a workshop in rome’s center. officially they restore artistic things, but locals refer to it as “l’ospedale delle bambole”, the doll hospital. judging by these ghastly photographs, a more apt nickname might well be the dolls’ morgue…
the main entrance to the shop is at 29 via di ripetta, but this window is on via del vantaggio, a side street. ask any passer-by, and they’ll tell you this window has not changed as far back as anyone can remember. decades, at least.
don’t worry if these pictures make you cringe: everybody cringes, when they first see these sad, broken toys peering out through years of dust
the history… the food… the art… the weather… the architecture… the gelato… the fountains… the cobblestones… the (YAWN)… zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
aprile dolce dormire, we say: it is sweet to sleep in the month of april.
photographs taken in rome, in april.