Rigodon in Roma
Every morning, around the coliseum, a theater play is organizing itself.
A real life play.
Fake Roman centurions prepare their costumes.
Souvenir, drinks and T-shirts merchants set up their stalls.
Illegal vendors check the weather forecasts and prepare themselves to
sell sun hats or umbrellas.
Policemen, in uniform or dressed as civilians are getting ready to chase
the illegal vendors, either on foot or in cars.
Unofficial guides prepare their sales’ pitch.
Then the tourists arrive and everything begins.
Policemen run after illegal vendors who are trying to sell their wares to
The tourists are trying to avoid the unofficial guides, whilst buying water
bottles as expensive as Chianti.
Then the coliseum’s surroundings look like a big ballet where each actor
is repeating, playing, dancing.
This is the great ballet of life.
Jocelen Janon is a documentary and portrait photographer based in Auckland, New Zealand. Jocelen is also working with Bryan Lowe as part of Light>Traffic.
Vaudeville. Published July 19, 2011