MOMENTS IN THE TIME OF PANDEMIC - NO. 11

This year the town was completely empty. We listened to the bells ringing from inside our homes.

Quarantine was to live over 50 days in an apartment with my wife, a 3 year-old daughter and two cats; considering that I am used to going out in the morning and returning in the evening, including at the weekends, it was not easy, especially at the beginning.
I rebelled against having to justify my every move;  sometimes I refused to leave the house because I didn't want to fill out the form to be presented to the police in case of a check.
As the days passed I started becoming more pro-active - I spent time playing with my daughter, I made contact with friends and colleagues, I formulated new ideas for work, I read many books and novels.
Today the experience is behind me, even if the consequences of this moment will no doubt be felt for quite a long while.
To represent a memorable moment, I have chosen a photo of a lamppost on the façade of the building opposite my balcony, with its elegant shadow which I observed almost every day, from different angles and perspectives and an ever changing intensity of light.
Another image were the empty squares in Foiano (where I live) on Easter day while the bells rang out.
Usually, midday at Easter sees the town filled up with people, with a long procession with lots of bands and firecrackers; it is a bit like the continuation and closing of the carnival time.
This year the town was completely empty. We listened to the bells ringing from inside our homes. It was a strong experience - an absolute and deafening void.
Nicola Burazzi, 21/06/2020 11:19:34
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