Observed from above, the cities take on a different aspect in which the buildings dominate, enabling the viewer to understand the rational geometry that characterizes them, their relationship with the surrounding countryside, and to see the wide streets or the rivers running through them. It is not important that we should recognize the places, as each of them represents a type that could be attributed to many other ones. Instead, the photography here is a means to let our eyes wander at will as if they had wings, but also to give full rein to our imagination, as we naturally try to envisage the life happening down there, in the labyrinth of streets, in those squares and those parks where we are unable to make out the details.
The urban vision, an unveiling that must possess a certain peculiarity to impress those who behold it. The theme of the sight, of its entire concept, is an art form. To enliven its effect on the viewer, it is necessary to study the elements that compose the setting. The urban landscape should be perceived through the five senses and lived at the speed of the pedestrian.
In this project the urban landscape is the object of the photographer’s scrutiny, where the aim is to pick up the “in-between” – the traces of the transition from tradition to modernity – in the symbols of architectures and buildings. This is the architecture of our times and we can do nothing about it. Or perhaps we can: we can photograph it to interpret it, recount it and transform it into a fascinating and poetic scene to be observed with the admiration it deserves.
Matteo Procaccioli prefers the viewpoint of a curious spectator who, at times, observes from far away, and at other times inspects from the bottom upwards, always asking questions about the sense of inhabiting the landscape, and grasping the feeling of change and its rapidity.
The project stems from research and experimentation into aesthetic elements that are far removed from straightforward documentation. The images, portraying buildings under construction or sometimes abandoned, allow the spectator to feel a sense of change, as the structures in the building sites seem to open up to generate new architectural works. The modernity can be worrying at times, as in the case of abandoned buildings that testify to the avant-garde trends of bygone days giving way to futuristic architectures. Even the images, despite being digital, undergo a manual processing that gives the photographs a material quality full of deliberate imperfections, small scratches and creases reminiscent of those photographs that were once upon a time produced in the darkroom.