Then it is time for the studio where, once the static elements such as fruit and vegetables have been photographed (as explained in the video below), we arrive at the dynamic aspect of the image. The glass is broken separately, each individual piece is photographed, and then it is mounted and assembled in its final photographic form.
The series illustrates a specific moment: the break between the classical and modern worlds. The 1600s usually represents a century in which the still-life genre developed to its fullest, interpreting the feeling of the precariousness of life that swept across Europe. This is why the title is a statement, but also a warning.
However, while in 17th-century paintings the characteristic common to all symbolic elements alluding to the theme of transience was fixity, immobility, and stagnation, in Pozzuoli’s work dynamism, explosion and power instead predominate, bearing witness to the shift between two extremes: rather than a silent being hiding behind its fears, society has now become unstoppable and noisy.
A special thanks to Alidem for the image courtesy.