This is a small selection from a series of portraits of people waiting for the Pope's election taken on wednesday, March 13th, from the press area in Piazza San Pietro, Rome. The sense of the project has been showing the event reflected in the expressions of the pilgrims or, to be more precise, showing through the change in the people's expressions what was or was not happening in Piazza San Pietro. The press area has been an ideal point of view because of its intermediate position between the crowded square and the parvis. During the eleven hours of wait under a restless rain I have seen on the faces of people alternating against the barriers excitement, wait, delusion, exhaustion and eventually joy, the latter followed by the surreal silence that preceded the announcement of the new pope's name.
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