andate in pace (go in peace)

These images are the photographic documentation of churches built after Vatican Council II (1962-1965), they want to reach a synthesis, they therefore depict the Church as an architectural and human place: indispensable elements of the concept of Church that the New Testament defines as "God's building.

These images are the photographic documentation of churches built after Vatican Council II (1962-1965), they want to reach a synthesis, they therefore depict the Church as an architectural and human place: indispensable elements of the concept of Church that the New Testament defines as "God's building."

The Church, therefore, is not intended as a building but as a space made up of people of flesh and bone, of "human material" or - as Saint Paul continues - of "living stones".

Post-conciliar Churches structure of the chancel was completely revolutionized.

This change led to a shift of the priest, no longer turned towards the tabernacle and the crucifix but to the churchgoers (versus populum), to "make the bridge" between what is spiritual and what is earthly.

The new vision of the priest is vital in our identification within our photographic project. In fact, we place the camera in front of the altar - as if it replaces the priest's gaze - pointed towards the church entrance framing the churchgoers, those present at the ceremony. The camera is a sort of electronic eye, it is a mechanism installed in a place which has been given the command to record a stream of situations.

This procedure turns away the photographer's instinctual attititude and it aims to objectify the situation, leading us to discover what we don't know rather than confirm what we already know.

Photography is then the synthesis.

© Giorgio Barrera Niccolò Rastrelli - San Giovanni Battista in Ferro di cavallo's church, Perugia, Saturday 5:59 pm
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San Giovanni Battista in Ferro di cavallo's church, Perugia, Saturday 5:59 pm

© Giorgio Barrera Niccolò Rastrelli - Sacra Famiglia's church, Prato, Sunday 11:04 am
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Sacra Famiglia's church, Prato, Sunday 11:04 am

© Giorgio Barrera Niccolò Rastrelli - Santissimo Redentore's church, Seriate, Sunday 11:03 am
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Santissimo Redentore's church, Seriate, Sunday 11:03 am

© Giorgio Barrera Niccolò Rastrelli - Taranto's Concattedrale, august 10, 2012, Friday, 17:02
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Taranto's Concattedrale, august 10, 2012, Friday, 17:02

© Giorgio Barrera Niccolò Rastrelli - Cuore Immacolato di Maria's church, Silvi Marina, Tuesday 6:55 pm
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Cuore Immacolato di Maria's church, Silvi Marina, Tuesday 6:55 pm

© Giorgio Barrera Niccolò Rastrelli - Spirito Santo's church, Avezzano, Monday 5:54 pm
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Spirito Santo's church, Avezzano, Monday 5:54 pm

© Giorgio Barrera Niccolò Rastrelli - San Paolo della Croce's church, Follonica, Saturday 6:04 pm
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San Paolo della Croce's church, Follonica, Saturday 6:04 pm

© Giorgio Barrera Niccolò Rastrelli - San Gabriele dell'Addolorata's shrine, Isola del Gran Sasso D'Italia, Wednesday 10:59 am
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San Gabriele dell'Addolorata's shrine, Isola del Gran Sasso D'Italia, Wednesday 10:59 am

© Giorgio Barrera Niccolò Rastrelli - Santa Bernardetta's church, Milano, Sunday 11:08 am
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Santa Bernardetta's church, Milano, Sunday 11:08 am

© Giorgio Barrera Niccolò Rastrelli - Santo Volto di Gesù's church, Roma, Sunday 9:49 am
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Santo Volto di Gesù's church, Roma, Sunday 9:49 am

© Giorgio Barrera Niccolò Rastrelli - Madonna di Fatima's church, Milano, Saturday 6:25 pm
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Madonna di Fatima's church, Milano, Saturday 6:25 pm

© Giorgio Barrera Niccolò Rastrelli - Santa Maria in Salsasio's church, Carmagnola, Sarurday 5:58pm
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Santa Maria in Salsasio's church, Carmagnola, Sarurday 5:58pm

© Giorgio Barrera Niccolò Rastrelli - San Andrea Di Avellino's church, Roma, Friday 6:11 pm
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San Andrea Di Avellino's church, Roma, Friday 6:11 pm

© Giorgio Barrera Niccolò Rastrelli - San Paolo's church, Foligno, Sunday 11:08
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San Paolo's church, Foligno, Sunday 11:08

© Giorgio Barrera Niccolò Rastrelli - San Giovanni Battista's church, Firenze, Sunday 11:59 am
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San Giovanni Battista's church, Firenze, Sunday 11:59 am

© Giorgio Barrera Niccolò Rastrelli - San Antonio Maria Zaccaria's church, Milano, Saturday 5:51 pm
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San Antonio Maria Zaccaria's church, Milano, Saturday 5:51 pm

© Giorgio Barrera Niccolò Rastrelli - Santa Maria al Romito's church, Pontedera, Sunday 11:30 am
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Santa Maria al Romito's church, Pontedera, Sunday 11:30 am

© Giorgio Barrera Niccolò Rastrelli - San Nicolao della Fluè's church, Milano, Sunday 11:02 am
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San Nicolao della Fluè's church, Milano, Sunday 11:02 am

© Giorgio Barrera Niccolò Rastrelli - Madonna della Speranza's church, Gallarate, Saturday 6:02 pm
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Madonna della Speranza's church, Gallarate, Saturday 6:02 pm

© Giorgio Barrera Niccolò Rastrelli - Church of glass, Baranzate, Sunday 11:00 am
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Church of glass, Baranzate, Sunday 11:00 am

© Giorgio Barrera Niccolò Rastrelli - Santo Abbate's church, Pescara, Thursday 6:33 pm
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Santo Abbate's church, Pescara, Thursday 6:33 pm

© Giorgio Barrera Niccolò Rastrelli - San Francesco's church, Policoro (MT), Saturday 6:02 pm
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San Francesco's church, Policoro (MT), Saturday 6:02 pm

© Giorgio Barrera Niccolò Rastrelli - San Giovanni Bono's church, Milano, Sunday 10:30 am
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San Giovanni Bono's church, Milano, Sunday 10:30 am

© Giorgio Barrera Niccolò Rastrelli - Santi Martiri di Selva Candida's church, Roma, Saturday 7:01 pm
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Santi Martiri di Selva Candida's church, Roma, Saturday 7:01 pm