"A Different Life" Captures the Beautiful, Rarely Seen Moments of an Italian Monastery

"A Different Life" Captures the Beautiful, Rarely Seen Moments of an Italian Monastery

Granted access to the San Giovanni Evangelista in Parma, Italy, photographer Giulio Ghirardi captures rarely-seen moments of everyday existence for those living in the Monastery of San Giovanni in his series “A Different Life.” The series evokes a sense of peace, solitude, and simplicity of life in the face of rich history and great beauty.

“A Different Life” reveals not only the ornate architectural beauty of each of the monastery’s three cloisters, but also incorporates evidence of the unseen everyday routines of its inhabitants. Images of high-ceilinged rooms adorned with the works of Correggio contrast with the common simplicity of bags of bread hanging in the kitchen.

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Dividing his time between architecture and photography, Ghirardi’s work has appeared in such publications as Vanity Fair, Vice, and Corriere della Sera. You can find more of Ghirardi’s work on his website.

All images used with permission.

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2 Comments

James Nedresky's picture

Beautiful, quiet, thoughtful images, that evoke the feeling I get when wandering through Italy's cobble stoned backstreets, and churches dating back to Renaissance times.

I usually have a physical gagging reaction to anything religious but these images, to me, weren't that religious. they seemed more about the peace and quiet of such places than their religious use.

Great Job!