Photography as an experience. Light as the guide in the space of architecture 

Mario Ferrara

If the photography is the result of a meeting between author and architecture, then the light, the essence of photography, is the necessary guide to complete the experience of architecture.
Reading with the look the project of the double hypogeum of the Cathedral of Caserta by Francesco Venezia means bump into the light and inevitably being led by it.
The encounter with the first space is refined: the Tent of the Congregation is revealed to the eye during the way of the staircase leading to the first hypogeum, the time necessary for the retina to adapt to the atmosphere of the place of prayer.
The light from the shrine of the covenant invites to get closer; the time of being completes the familiarity with space, things and matter.
The opening dug out of the tuff by as the Cumana section recalls the rite of passage when crossing it.
At the bottom, the light leads to the place of death, the theological oxymoron showed by the architecture of the second hypogeum.
From here, the natural light guides us to the opening that leads to the outer space: "sweet is the light and the eyes like to see the sun" (Qohelet, Ecclesiaste 11-7).


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