LOCKDOWN ROOFS

As the spread of coronavirus saw personal freedoms curtailed across the globe, a new culture of resilience has begun to emerge. Being locked at home pushed people to look for new spaces to live. In Italy, aided by the rising spring, residents rediscovered the building rooftops. Once used mainly to dry the laundry, the rooftops became the place where people meet, exercise but also temporarily escape forced cohabitations and enjoy moments of loneliness. At first glance, the viewer feels as though these rooftops are an extension of the subjects' homes, evidenced by the ease and comfort conveyed by their faces and bodies. It seems natural that during a pandemic, people would gravitate towards a place close enough to home, but different enough to be a refreshing change. But a closer examination reveals that this space is quite literally anything the subject wants it to be — a salon, a playground, or a place to find solitude and quiet.

© 2019 by TOMMASO AUSILI PHOTOGRAPHER.