Tempus Captum – captured Time.
A Project of Photographic Analysis and Exploration held in the Archaeological Park of the Colosseum.
Rome. A Majestic Vision
by Sergio Pauri
“Or should you see the Colosseum, 50,000 Romans watching every movement of your sword, waiting for the final blow to strike. The silence before the strike, and the roar that follows, grows, grows, and rises like a storm, as if you were thundering Jupiter.” ~ Proximo – Gladiator ~
Rome, the eternal city, which has given birth to poets, kings, emperors, known throughout the world for its splendid architectural works and the grandeur of its buildings. And it is precisely the overwhelming beauty of grandeur that is the key to understanding this project. A grandeur that makes anyone who loses themselves in the contemplation of this beauty feel small in its presence. The gaze wanders over the buildings and is compelled to reach their summits, with the awareness that it can never fully conquer them. Looking upwards, the sun breaks against the hard stone, acquiring color. Seagulls make the sky feel even closer, and the passing clouds seem to caress the Colosseum. Through a wide-angle view, this sensation is heightened, creating an inherent feeling of grandeur and a sublime desire for astonishment, in a ritual that remains unchanged through the centuries.