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Giulio Ghirardi Photographs the Monastery of San Giovanni

By: Vasiliki Marapas - Published: May 16, 2014 • References: giulioghirardi and itsnicethat
Giulio Ghirardi explores monastic life in his latest photographic series, 'A Different Life.'

Ghirardi photographed the buildings of the Monastery of San Giovanni, located in Parma, Italy. A sense of extreme calm and quiet permeates each photo, regardless of how insignificant it might seem upon first glance. Whether it's a bag of bread hanging on a wall or a statue of the Virgin Mary nestled in some shrubbery, the images possess a serenity so intense it borders on divine.

If you've ever wondered what it would be like to live inside the confines of a convent or monastery, Ghirardi's series is a good place to begin your investigation. Though the series is pervaded by a sublime peacefulness, it also raises questions on spirituality, sanctity and devotion.