Microcities: Photos by Matteo Procaccioli
Overhead photos of cities that are unrecognizable from above but have the same characteristics in terms of their relative densities and the rational way they are built.
Microcities is Matteo Procaccioli’s most recent project, and it completely changes perspective by choosing what’s known as the bird’s eye view. Observed from above, the cities take on a different aspect in which the buildings dominate, enabling the viewer to understand the rational geometry that characterizes them, their relationship with the surrounding countryside, and to see the wide streets or the rivers running through them. It is not important that we should recognize the places, as each of them represents a type that could be attributed to many other ones. Instead, the photography here is a means to let our eyes wander at will as if they had wings, but also to give full rein to our imagination, as we naturally try to envisage the life happening down there, in the labyrinth of streets, in those squares and those parks where we are unable to make out the details.