“I love photographing Rome, it is the city I live in and where I experience the daily tension between the ancient backbone and the need to accommodate the contemporary flow. Rome is a city of subtle – but hard to deal with – contrasts. Streets designed around the human pace that cannot stretch their length and width. An ancient core of historical sites and beautiful architecture walled by a cemented ring of anonymous peripheries. The rich and the poor co-existing at arms length, ignoring each other. Travelers expecting a scent of dolce vita which is almost lost in the fumes and noises of a rough metropolitan life. With my photographs I try to capture those fleeting moments in which the two worlds get in contact just for a second.”
All images are taken from Rome: Stone and Story (2012), by Mauro Benedetti.