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Jane’s Carousel in New York

New York (USA). Jane’s Carousel is one of the magic places in Brooklyn, New York. It’s a very old carousel, you can read the entire history here in the official webpage. I photographed this place one night I was walking around the Brooklyn Bridge: it was a cold winter night (and when I say “cold”, it means “freaking cold”!) with very few people around. When I saw the carousel, it was like a mirage: it was closed, but lights were on and horses in the glassed structure were looking as ready to start their ride again. All around, there were Manhattan’s lights, forming a perfect frame. Somehow, that moment warmed me so much that I spent half-an-hour shooting this scene.

Both last and this December (2013 and 2014), this photograph has been chosen by Jane for the Christmas newsletter. This is the kind of things that make me proud: not only because I’m talking about one of the most popular place in New York City (by the way, this place won the Travel and Leisure 2012 Design Awards as “Best Public Space”), but also because I like to believe that if Jane’s Carousel warmed my heart that night, maybe with my photograph I can now warm someone else’s heart. Isn’t it what a photographer should try to do every time?

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Lower Manhattan Skyline from Hoboken (New Jersey)

New York (USA). This is an old photograph – there’s the Freedom Tower still under construction, it was January 2013 – of Lower Manhattan at sunset captured from Hoboken, on the New Jersey’s side of Hudson River. To those travelling to New York and asking me some tips about what to photograph and especially from where, I always recommend this place. Especially in winter at sunset, when – although the biting cold – positioning the tripod along the river side and waiting for the best light is an authentic pleasure.

It’s a long time since my last post with a photo of New York, and unfortunately it’s a long time I do not have the opportunity to go there – one of the most beautiful places on earth. New York, for a photographer, is a magic place: I think it’s one of the few cities – together with some megalopolis – able to offer inspirations for every photography category. From landscapes to street photography; from architecture to museums; from nature to sky’s colors. It’s hard leaving New York without some outstanding captures. It’s hard leaving New York in general…


New York. Una foto piuttosto datata – si vede la Freedom Tower ancora in costruzione, era Gennaio 2013 – della parte bassa di Manhattan scattata al tramonto da Hoboken, sulla sponda dell’Hudson lato New Jersey. A tutte le persone che vanno a New York e che mi hanno chiesto qualche consiglio su cosa fotografare a soprattutto da dove fotografare, ho raccomandato questo posto. Soprattutto al tramonto in inverno, quando (nonostante il freddo pungente) è un vero piacere piazzare il treppiede sulla sponda del fiume e aspettare la luce migliore.

Era tanto che non pubblicavo una foto di New York, e purtroppo è tanto che non ho occasione di quella che ritengo essere una delle città più belle del mondo. New York per un fotografo è un posto magico: credo sia una delle poche città – insieme a qualche altra megalopoli – in grado di offrire spunti di ispirazione per qualsiasi genere fotografico. Dai panorami alla street photography; dall’architettura ai musei; dalla natura ai colori del cielo. Da New York è difficile tornare senza qualche scatto magico. Anzi, da New York è difficile tornare in generale…

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A Luz De Lisboa (The Light of Lisbon)

Lisbon (Portugal). This is a photo from my recent trip around Portugal. I’m particularly attached to this shot, since it’s the first one I took as soon as I arrived to Lisbon. It was late afternoon, the sun was going down in front of the city and I was drinking a beer at Praça do Comércio, probably the most important city’s square and – for sure – one of the most beautiful ones, surrounded by wonderful buildings and with the end of Tejo river (Tagus, in English) meeting the Atlantic Ocean in front of me.

What captured my attention was the light: it was incredibly brilliant and clean, and the sunset was perfectly colored with a warm orange tone. I immediately understood it was “The Light of Lisbon”, and – interestingly – in front of me there was the banner of an exhibition exactly with that name: “A Luz de Lisboa” (translated, The Light of Lisbon).

Behind the building’s corner there is one of the symbols of Lisbon, the April 25th Bridge, whereas people are walking around, probably going back home or preparing for Lisbon by night.

 

This is my first photo of Lisbon and Portugal. Many others will follow in the next days…

 

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Casa degli Atellani and Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan

Milan (Italy). This is one of those situations in which I have to say “thanks God there’s the Ricoh GR camera“! Last night I went to a very nice cocktail, organised by the Italian desk of a prestigious international law firm. The venue was a wonderful and very prestigious location: its name is Casa degli Atellani (Atellani’s House), which is just in front of Santa Maria delle Grazie, the famous church where Leonardo da Vinci painted his masterpiece “The Last Supper”. I went there directly from office, and I had with me in my raincoat pocket only the small but powerful GR.

This photo has been taken from a window at the upper floor: it was already dark, and I loved this view of the house courtyard with – in the background – the stunning dome of Santa Maria delle Grazie church.

I will come here again during the day: in the backyard there is a lovely garden, the so called “Leonardo’s vineyard” (there is a fantastic story behind it, and you can read about it here) and I want to take more photos.

I love my job (especially when it gives me opportunities like this)!

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The Rialto Bridge (Landscape of Venice From the Fondaco dei Tedeschi)

Venice (Italy). I don’t know if it’s good or not for a photographer to reveal the places from where he capture his photos. But since I don’t consider myself a photographer (at least not enough to be obsessed for having a list of secret places) I think it’s not a very big issue and – on the contrary – I believe it’s right to give the opportunity to other people to watch such a beautiful landscape.

Some days ago I was in Venice, and I went to visit the new Fondaco (or Fontego) dei Tedeschi (translated, it’s more or less “the Germans’ storehouse”). It’s such an incredible place! Not only for its history and interiors, but also for the breathtaking landscape offered by some of its windows.

The Fondaco dei Tedeschi was built in the 13th century and it was used as the dock as well as the warehouse of goods transported by Germans to Venice. In 2008 the Poste Italiane Group (the national mail company) sold the Fondaco to Benetton Group, which renovated it under the artistic supervision of Rem Koolhaas’ OMA Architecture Firm (the same one which designed the Prada Foundation in Milan) to be reopened as a luxury shopping mall on October 1st 2016.

Well, at the penultimate floor there’s a window overlooking the Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge: indeed, photographing through a window’s glass is not the best situation, but considering the final result I think I can be happy enough. To be honest, on the top of the building there’s even an amazing rooftop, but the number of visitors is limited for safety reason and there can be long waiting times.

So, I think I can say that from now on, the Fondaco dei Tedeschi is one of those unmissable stop-overs during my visits to Venice!


Venezia. Non so se sia giusto che un fotografo riveli i posti da dove scatta le sue foto. Ma siccome non mi ritengo un fotografo (non tale da essere ossessionato – appunto – dall’avere una lista di posti segreti) penso non sia un problema e anzi sia giusto dare l’opportunità ad altre persone di vedere panorami simili.

Ero a Venezia alcuni giorni fa e sono stato a visitare il nuovo Fondaco (o Fontego) dei Tedeschi. Un posto incredibile, non solo per la sua storia e il suo interno, ma appunto per il panorama mozzafiato che si può ammirare da alcune sue finestre.

Il Fontego dei Tedeschi viene realizzato nel XIII secolo e serviva come punto di approdo e magazzino delle merci trasportate dai mercanti Tedeschi a Venezia. Nel 2008 il Gruppo Poste Italiane lo cede a Benetton, che lo restaura sotto la direzione artistica dello Studio OMA dell’architetto Rem Koolhaas (lo stesso della Fondazione Prada a Milano, per intendersi) e lo riapre il 1 Ottobre 2016 come grande magazzino di lusso.

Ebbene, al penultimo piano c’è una serie di finestre che si affacciano proprio sul Canal Grande e sul Ponte di Rialto: certo non è il massimo scattare attraverso il vetro di una finestra, ma a giudicare dal risultato penso di potermi accontentare. A dire il vero c’è anche una bellissima terrazza all’ultimo piano, ma l’accesso è contingentato per motivi di sicurezza e può capitare che ci siano tempi di attesa molto lunghi.

Ecco, penso di poter dire che il Fondaco dei Tedeschi è una di quelle tappe che non può più mancare nelle mie visite a Venezia!

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