175 Rome Churches sequence – online version and documentation. Includes a list and interactive map of all the churches.
During a period of 11 months I walked and explored the city, visiting, documenting, and researching 175 churches from paleochristian to baroque. I was drawn to the inherent desire in classic church architecture – the focus, symmetry, and implied movement. Over time I found that I was making the same photograph in each space – aligning myself to the center axis, focusing on the apse of the church.
All churches are thinly present throughout the sequence. As the animation progresses each image becomes more opaque and then recedes into the mix.
An earlier version of the sequence, 129 Rome Churches, was presented 30 May 2012 at the American Academy in Rome during the School of Fine Arts Concert. It was shown as a visual complement to Lei Liang’s In Praise of Shadows (2005), a piece for solo flute.
Hard to describe the sight and sound of Rome’s skyline at midnight, from the roof terrace of the American Academy. Had never seen or heard so many fireworks at once over such a massive area.
This video doesn’t capture it, of course, but here’s a short pan over part of the valley.
The higher-quality audio below might do a better job; it leaves a bit for the imagination. You kind of need to crank it up with headphones to get a sense of the near and far of the explosions and reverberations (and countless car alarms) in the Tiber valley.
From up above it all, it was easy to believe this was a collective effort to put on a show for those of us on the Gianicolo.
a few of the 3d scans from greenridge cemetery.
an attempt at a portrait using 3d photo scanning…