© Christopher Pelley  2019

 

surveillance

temporary installation, Rome

There appears to be one growth industry in these post-economic downturn times. Surveillance cameras. They are everywhere - proliferating like cheap tourist souvenirs. It seems that one cannot saunter down any strada without being watched. But this is Roma, and have you ever really been able to move about unnoticed? Whether it be gods or emperors or elderly widows, eyes have always been upon you, sometimes staring defiantly at you, sometimes just threatening to look your way. The mute stones that populate this city have always watched.

 

I have started my own street watch campaign, referencing this roman proclivity.