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Vineyard Landscape Before Grape Harvest – Colli Orientali del Friuli

Abbazia di Rosazzo (Italy). Watching a vineyard few days before the grape harvest, makes me feel special emotions: in the wait there’s a sort of emotive tension, which seems being spread through the lines rich of generous grapes waiting for being harvested. And indeed this feeling is not only for vineyards workers, but also for wine lovers, eagerly waiting to know what kind of season it will be.

This landscape has been taken at sunset from the amazing Rosazzo Abbey, above Manzano, on the marvellous “Colli Orientali del Friuli” (a hill zone, some 20 km south-east of Udine, close to the Slovenian border). The white wines prepared here are widely recognised as the best ones in the world, and they bring in their taste the determined personality of people living and working here. The same people – I love to imagine – eagerly waiting for the grape harvest day.


Abbazia di Rosazzo (Udine, Friuli Venezia Giulia). Osservare una vigna a pochi giorni dalla vendemmia genera emozioni speciali: nell’attesa c’è una sorta di tensione che sembra diffondersi tra i filari ricchi di bei grappoli in attesa di essere colti. Ed è così in effetti, non solo per chi con le vigne ci lavora, ma anche per chi ama il vino e attende con ansia di sapere che annata sia stata.

Questo panorama è stato fotografato al tramonto dalla splendida Abbazia di Rosazzo, sopra Manzano, sui meravigliosi Colli Orientali del Friuli. I bianchi che nascono in questa zona sono tra i migliori del mondo, e ne portano il carattere deciso delle persone che qui vivono e lavorano. E che – mi piace immaginare – aspettano con ansia il giorno della vendemmia.

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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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Catching the Last Minute of Daylight (from the EDF Tower at La Defense)

Paris (France). Paris, Le Defense, watching out of the window at five minutes to six P.M. There is the very last minute of daylight out there, and I can’t resist from preparing my camera for a long exposure photo – through the thick window glass, though. The quasi-tripod I have built seems sturdy enough to keep my small and light Ricoh GR camera unmovable in the same position for some seconds and no matter how I’m dressed, I’m on my knees to check the composition and the final settings adjustment.

My colleague sitting in my office is laughing at me in that bizarre position … 3 – 2 – 1 – click! This photo is dedicated to her.


Parigi. La Defense, guardo fuori dalla finestra mentre mancano cinque minuti alle sei di sera. Fuori c’è l’ultimo bagliore di luce, e non resisto dal preparare la mia macchina fotografica per una foto con un’esposizione lunga, sebbene ci sia di mezzo uno spesso vetro. La specie di treppiede che ho costruito sembra abbastanza solido da mantenere la mia piccola e leggera Ricoh GR immobile nella stessa posizione per alcuni secondi e – non importa come sono vestito – mi metto in ginocchio per controllare la composizione e gli ultimi settaggi.

La collega che siede nel mio ufficio ride di me in quella strana posizione … tre – due – uno – click! Questa foto è dedicata a lei.

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From the Boat Crossing the Bosphorus

Istanbul (Turkey). Crossing the Bosphorus – for hundreds of thousands of commuters every day – is just moving from home to office and back: it’s quite normal in a city with 15+ millions of inhabitants, and which extends itself along two continents… But if you are in Istanbul and you want to feel the spirit of the city, do not miss the opportunity to catch a boat (from Eminonu to Uskudar or Kadikoy, or vice-versa) and breath the sea-breeze. By crossing the Bosphorus you will be impressed by how the city can be different from that perspective point. No traffic (except maybe some seagulls), no noise, no pollution: it’s a sort of refuge, an escape way from the daily noise. And a wonderful point for capturing photos of Istanbul’s landscape.

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Landscape from the Golden Horn (Haliç) Metro Station in Istanbul

Istanbul (Turkey). Although its position – which is not very efficient, being in the middle of the bridge crossing the Golden Horn – the Haliç Metro Station is an amazing observatory for capturing great photos of the Sultanahmet skyline.

The bridge crosses the Haliç fiord between the Galata Bridge and the Ataturk Bridge, just in correspondence of the Suleymaniye Mosque (here in the background). The metro line is the one going between Yenikapi and Taksim (proceeding to Levent and Haciosman).

My favorite moment of course is at sunset, when the sun goes down toward Eyup and the beginning of the Golden Horn: the water surface looks like covered with a layer of gold, and the Sulymaniye Mosque gets colored first with orange tones, and then becomes pinkish.

When the Haliç Bridge was built, there was a tough debate among politics, experts and citizens, mainly because its shape (it is a cable-stayed bridge) and its dimensions were compromising the landscape of Sultanahmet historical area, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The risk was in fact the possible consequent cancellation from the UNESCO list, a big shame for such an important place. It was the typical and tough trade off for cities – like Istanbul – between the preservation of the cultural imprinting and the efficiency required by the urban development. As far as I know, the situation is now stable and – according to UNESCO website – Sultanahmet is not at risk of cancellation.

However, it must be said that in the last years, Istanbul improved significantly its public transportation networks. The city is huge, and it is not easy to move from a point to another given the traffic at every time of the day and the night. The metro is expanding its lines and stations, is clean and efficient. And most important, is safe.

So, for those who are going to visit Istanbul, I recommend to include a walk on this bridge in the “to-do” list, bringing a sturdy tripod to mount the camera after the sunset.

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Milan from the Window of Tram n. 1

Milan (Italy). This photograph demonstrates – if necessary – that in every moment of the day there is an opportunity to capture an image (and how useful and handy is the Ricoh GR camera, which perfectly fits in my raincoat pocket and is ready to use in every moment).

Yesterday I was on my way home back from the office and I jumped on the tram n.1. It is definitely a very old but characteristic coach, which dates back around 1920 – 1930 but is now fully operating after a complete and renovation work. When I was sit on one of its wooden benches, I was thinking about how watching a city from the window of a tram is an amazing experience. If in Lisbon, the famous tram n. 28 crossing the Alfama district is one of the most popular touristic attractions, why it cannot be the same here in Milan? Not to mention how nice and interesting can be photographing life from and inside trams! I’m developing a specific project about it…

Here, the tram is crossing Largo Cairoli, moving from Foro Bonaparte to Via Cusani; through the window I can see the Expo Gate and the Sforza Castle in Piazza Castello.

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