John Palcewski (forioscribe) wrote,
John Palcewski

Rome and the Ineffable

In Rome not too long ago I made an image of this woman, who was sitting at the edge of the Trevi Fountain. Maybe she was thinking of Fellini directing Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni, as if they actually needed direction. Later on my way to the Vatican I saw a crowd, and a woman arguing with a Carabinieri, a most futile exercise. Then two surprisingly angry nuns.

I remember suddenly thinking that beneath the surface of scenes I capture with my camera there's something cold, alien, ineffable, way beyond my perception or understanding.

Alberto Moravia touches on it in his novel, The Voyeur:

"This world, which in its most poetic and peaceful moments--a fine spring morning, for example, in the country or by the sea--seems so serene, so gentle, so calm, is in fact composed of a demonic destructive fury, even though that fury is completely hidden and absolutely invisible...a harmless, lovable reality that can transform itself in an instant into an inferno. Or more exactly still, what amazes me is a sort of falseness and hypocrisy about nature, which having apparently been conquered a thousand times, now rediscovers in an even more terrible fashion its ancient role as man's merciless enemy."

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