Lungarni's Window Facades

Born in Piacenza in 1985, Carlo Cafferini lives in Pisa and is an Architecture Photographer.  Carlo is devoted to street photography and to the details and the geometries in architecture.  Carlo Cafferini's passion for photography has gone hand in hand with a passion for architecture.  For this reason his photographs have always had a special consideration for architecture, and they are often linked with the human figure, without whom the structure would not exist.

In the weeks before the Luminara, hundreds of white wooden boards called ‘biancherie’ are hanged on windows and doors of houses. The boards highlight the structure of houses, following accurately the shapes of doors and windows and have been replaced by more curious and creative shapes. The night of June 16, 2015 these boards hosted thousands and thousands of little candles for the celebration of the ‘Luminara di San Ranieri’, the city’s patron saint, and Lungarni (the two sides of river Arno) will be enlightened only by the light of the small lamps, creating an extraordinary sight. 

Carlo said: " I decided to dedicate an architectural project to the ‘Luminara di San Ranieri’, focusing on the preparation of the event and not on the more well-known part, the evening of the festivity. The last image of the series gives however a taste of this great celebration The project is entitled ‘Secret code’ he explained, because in this period facades of palaces and buildings in Lungarno seem to speak a secret language: the white boards hanged on windows and doors of houses create strange patterns, looking like a mysterious code of signs and symbols "

“ I dream of a new age of curiosity. We have the technical means for it; the desire is there; the things to be known are infinite; the people who can employ themselves at this task exist. Why do we suffer? From too little: from channels that are too narrow, skimpy, quasi-monopolistic, insufficient. There is no point in adopting a quasi- protectionist attitude, to prevent 'bad' information from invading and suffocating the 'good'. Rather, we must simply multiply the paths and the possibilities of comings and goings."

Philosopher Michel Foucault