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Carlo Pettinelli : 37,4°


The virus inspires a whole series of photographic approaches.

Here is the one by Carlo Pettinelli presented by journalist and curator Loredana De Pace.


37.4 degrees is the limit temperature with which you are officially declared “healthy”. At 37.5° you enter the anti-­‐Covid-­‐19 control field (you cannot enter the workplace and all those places where temperature control at the entrance is in force).

This is our life in these strange days and looking at the world with new eyes seems to be an obligatory path, to be taken with decision, not so much as a defense from the invisible (for that there are norms and common sense), but for understand our time.

Staging a new kind of view is one of the possible paths: no longer (or not only) a world of light but a world of body temperatures, phosphorescent yellows, deep reds, intense violet.

Giving a new contour to things by replacing light with temperature. Giving color to fear from a new point of view, to be able to look at it.

The observation of reality through thermographic vision brings back an image that goes beyond the “visible” colors with the “optical” contours of reality, staggered but parallel to the chromatic backgrounds: the spectrum of human sight aligns with other frequencies, those of the virus.

Suddenly we can see our souls.


Technical notes:

– The photographs were taken with a thermal camera, which combines the thermal spectrum with the visible image with a dual camera.

– No digital post production has been used.


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