Worship from a priest’s point of view

Posted by Katie Loftus
Wednesday 25, March 2015 | Category:   Clergy
View from the altar of the Church of Santissimo Redentore in Seriate, Italy on Sunday.

Many people often wonder what priests see when standing on the altar. Now, with the help of remote-controlled cameras set up behind church altars in Italy, photographer Giorgio Barrera and Niccolò Rastrelli captured this view.

Their project, "Andate in pace” (Go in peace), is a portrait of the Catholic communities in Rome, Milan, Turin, Florence, Naples, Potenza, Avezzano, Taranto, and Pescara.

The photographers explain, “The images in this photographic inquiry attempt to achieve a synthesis, to show viewers the church as an architectural, corporeal space. The human element is essential to our work: the word chiesa [church] derives from the Greek ekklesìa, and means community. Therefore the ecclesiastical edifice should be understood as a space built of people in flesh and blood, of 'living stone' as Saint Paul affirms.”

The result of their work is 23 photographs and a video installation, curated by Daniele De Luigi and produced by the Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo e la Documentazione (Central Institute for Cataloguing and Documentation) of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities. The exhibit will be on display through April 30 at the Fondazione Studio Maragoni in Florence, Italy.

See some of their photos here.

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