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Bernardo Ricci Armani

Crossing the Euphrates River

Erzincan (Turkey). I’m just back from a business trip in the central-east part of Turkey. I had the privilege of driving for several kilometers along an off-road track adjacent the Euphrates river. During an adventurous cross I took the photo of this interesting bridge, but I’m not sure it is able to transmit the same emotions I had.

At lunch time, with the whole team I had a break; we ate lamb, rice and some vegetables very close to the river, and I must admit that I was hypnotized by the Euphrates. When I was watching its water flowing fast and fierce in front of me, I was thinking about how legendary can be a river. The Euphrates – together with the Tigris – was shaping the Fertile Crescent and it gave the input to the development of some of the earliest human civilizations. For many centuries, the history was gravitating around this region and along the Euphrates, and its role was much beyond the one of a common river. Even the Holy Bible mentions the Euphrates as one of the four rivers coming from the Eden garden.

Today, the Euphrates flows from Turkey to some important cities in Syria and Iraq: unfortunately, most of them are not safe places to be visited for the well known recent events related to ISIS (or ISIL or DAESH) but one of my thoughts, before proceeding with my business trip after lunch, was that I dream – one day – to extend my tour along the Euphrates and discover those places where – we can imagine – all of us have their origins.

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Shooting Poplars With Slow Shutter Speed

Some days ago I posted a photo of Venice that, due to its highly contrasted tones, was resembling a Macchiaioli’s painting. This time I’m posting an image that looks like coming from the Impressionism movement. Well, I took this photo with the clear intent of making an experiment: I tried to shoot some poplars trees with a slow shutter speed, moving (rotating) my camera in a bottom-up sense. At the end, I liked the final effect: it is a bit abstract and mesmerizing, but still nice to be observed.

For your information, these poplars are in Friuli Venezia Giulia, a wonderful region in the north-east of Italy.

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Being a Commuter in Istanbul (Winter is Coming)

Istanbul (Turkey). Sometimes I should post my photos without writing my thoughts: not because I’m lazy, or because I’m overwhelmed with my work. More simply, because some photos speak for themselves.

Before reading below, please take few seconds and think about what this photo is saying. You can keep it for yourself or write a comment if you want: it does not matter; the goal is to make you watch something without the usual rush.

Why I’m doing this? Because this what usually happens when you are a commuter in Istanbul… You are always, constantly in a hurry, and thousands of people around you are in the same situation: most probably, you will have to take a bus, then a boat, then a metro and finally maybe a taxi or a “dolmus”… However – here I’m coming with my message – if you can find the time to “think about what you are doing”, then you will realize that the frustration of “being a commuter” can develop into the consciousness and – let me say – emotion of “being a commuter in Istanbul”.

I took this photo some years ago, and it is still one of my favorite one: I was waiting for my boat, but I was so hypnotized by the situation, that I remained on the side of the Bosphorus for a long time watching this scene. What for everyone – me included – was something of absolutely normal (even boring or, as I said, frustrating) was slowly becoming unique. The ferry (in Turkish they are called “vapur”, keeping the old name of steamboats) was slowly leaving the dock from Uskudar to bring people to Besiktas: the sky is grey, the city’s colors are totally erased. A group of seagulls is following the boat, and people are feeding the animals with small pieces taken from their “simit”. In the background, the Galata Tower interrupts the skyline made of old houses and some mosques.

Now, think about it one more time: how is being a commuter in Istanbul?

 

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And Suddenly, Petra

Petra (Jordan). It happens that you walk for some kilometers, along a narrow and high canyon. So narrow that it seems its sides are touching each other in some points. So high that you don’t see the sky. And then… The canyon opens itself and discloses one of the most beautiful, breathtaking, unique place in the world. The Treasury is not only the symbol of Petra, in Jordan. But also one of the most incredible archaeological site you can see in your life… Simply amazing!

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Cena Con Me

Milan (Italy). Imagine… thousands of people attending a dinner without knowing anything – really anything, including the location – since few hours before the scheduled time. Only few rules, being the most important one on the dress code.

White!

Yes, this is the spirit of Cena Con Me, an event I already photographed a couple of years ago, but that every time is a surprise. The organizers create the event on Facebook and collects the requests. Then, it communicates the location (in Milan) 5 hours before the time. Since that moment, people start collecting all the items prepared in the past weeks and gather to the selected place.

It happens therefore that a pacific place suddenly becomes a mess: a “white wave” made of people, tables, chairs, plates, glasses, balloons, candle holders, flowers, accessorizes… everything is rigorously white.

Beyond the color, there are few more basic rules: respecting the location leaving the place as it was before the event – therefore carrying away any sort of garbage; and closing the event at midnight.

Under the tag “Cena Con Me 2017” I’m posting some photos of the event. The location is Piazzale Giulio Cesare, the heart of City Life, a very interesting new development, with the amazing skyscrapers of Zaha Hadid and Arata Isozaki in the background.


Milano. Immagina… migliaia di persone che partecipano a una cena senza sapere niente – ma veramente niente, compresa la location – fino a poche ore prima dell’orario programmato. Solo poche regole, tra cui la più importante riguarda l’abbigliamento.

Bianco!

Si, questo è lo spirito di Cena Con Me, un evento che ho già fotografato in passato un paio di anni fa, ma che ogni volta è una sorpresa. Gli organizzatori creano l’evento su Facebook e raccolgono le richieste di partecipazione. Successivamente, comunicano il luogo di svolgimento (a Milano) 5 ore prima l’orario programmato. Da quel momento, la gente inizia a prendere tutte le cose preparate nelle settimane precedenti e a ritrovarsi presso il luogo stabilito.

Succede quindi che una piazza tranquilla diventi improvvisamente un caos: una “onda bianca” fatta di persone, tavoli, sedie, piatti, bicchieri, palloncini, candelabri, fiori, accessori… tutto è rigorosamente bianco.

Oltre al colore, ci sono poche regole di base: rispettare la location lasciando il posto come lo si è trovato prima dell’evento – quindi portando via ogni tipo di rifiuto; e chiudere l’evento a mezzanotte.

Con il tag “Cena Con Me 2017” posto alcune foto dell’evento. La location scelta quest’anno era Piazzale Giulio Cesare, nel cuore di City Life, un nuovo sviluppo urbano molto interessante, con sullo sfondo i bellissimi grattacieli disegnati da Zaha Hadid e da Arata Isozaki.

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