The photograph from above is from his series called Jewish Rituals. For this series he spent a lot of time in a Jewish community documenting the traditions that they practiced. I was drawn to this particular photograph because of the dramatic light that is given by the candles and the expressions on the little girls' faces. The angle that this photo was taken has the viewer pretty much at eye level with the girls which gives the feeling that the viewer is also a child standing around the candles. The curious/rebellious expression on the faces gives me a sense that these girls are not quite sure why they do the things they do for each tradition but that they are just following suit. As children we usually copy what our parents, family members, or friends do because we feel that it is the "right" thing to do and not because it is what we want to do.
I really enjoyed looking at Macioce's work and I would recommend looking at it too.