Gazes of stone

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Bird’s-eye views of the monuments and churches of Venice, thrilling photographs conveying the magic of gliding above the city, taken during a period characterised by a complete shutdown of traffic.

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GAZES OF STONE

 

Bird’s-eye views of the monuments and churches of Venice, thrilling photographs conveying the magic of gliding above the city, taken during a period characterised by a complete shutdown of traffic. These images aim at bringing to life the unmoving gazes of the statues, finally the protagonists in the semi-deserted city; a fresh point of view that encourages the visitor to a closer observation.

The year 2020 has been difficult for a lot of us. It snatched away many liberties, which we never could imagine anyone taking away from us. We have stopped travelling, moving, gathering together and enjoying one another’s company. Covid-19, as it has been called, has even constrained our ability to breath. I have had the luck, and the opportunity, to witness some of the darkest days of the lockdown, and report on them for the Agence France Press and the daily newspaper “Corriere del Veneto”, to which I regularly contribute.

Flying with the drone, I have showed the world a deserted city; a city like I had never seen her before. I placed my camera underneath a 1 kg quadcopter and set out to work in the complex setting that is the historic centre of Venice. Thus, an idea which I’d had for a while, but could never fully develop, now became reality. And flight after flight, permit after permit, I was finally able to weave my web of itineraries all across the city.

I have photographed statues placed on the top of churches and monuments at all possible times. This is not, however, a catalogue of statues, a task which is much wider and entirely outside the aim of what I had set out to do. Instead, it has been conceived as a collection of routes; as a different, novel, point of view.

How many of us like to fantasise about looking out of a particular window, or climbing atop of a bell tower or a church’s roof that catches our eye, hoping to bask in a view from the air that can provide new perspectives and spark our imagination! This book aims to bring these emotions directly into your home, perhaps reading it as you sit on your favourite armchair, or maybe choosing it as a gift for a friend.

176 pages in large size (24cm x 32cm), many photos are spread across two pages. Printed in 4-colours pages + 1 Pantone 786 “bronze”. We have decided to add another colour, bronze, which would otherwise not have been possible in CMYK, in order to accurately reproduce the colours of the statues. The book is titled “Sguardi di Pietra” (i.e. “Gazes of Stone”) at a reduced price, with text by Giandomenico Romanelli and graphics by Sandro Galante.

Additional information

Weight 1.2 kg
Dimensions 32 × 24 × 10 cm
Offer

1 book without dedication, 1 book with dedication, 2 books with dedication, 3 books with dedications

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