Florence (Italy). I guess you have seen this landscape of Florence several times: it has been taken from Piazzale Michelangelo (or Michelangiolo), one of the most popular observatory points around the city. What made me happy capturing this image, to be honest, is the fact that it has been made with 12 different vertical shots, merged together with Lightroom 6. I already tested this feature with an old sequence of photos taken at the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest, and I was very positively impressed by how fast, precise and easy to use it is. I guess I will shoot more and more panoramic photos in the future, hoping to enjoy again another beautiful landscape of Florence (and not only).
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?
Codroipo (Udine / Italy). Zulugne is a Friulian word, means frost. It’s the typical deposit of ice made overnight by humid air in cold conditions. I love walking through a poplars grove early morning in winter, when the sun is rising and the “zulugne” crackle under my feet. This is one of the many landscapes of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, and another good reason to love this amazing place of Italy.
Codroipo (Udine). Zulugne è una parola Friulana, e significa brina. E’ il consueto strato di ghiaccio che si deposita a terra di notte in ambienti umidi. Adoro camminare in un bosco di pioppi all’alba di una mattina invernale, quando il sole sorge e le “zulugne” crepitano sotto i miei piedi. Questo è uno dei tanti panorami del Friuli-Venezia Giulia, e un’altra ottima ragione per amare questa bellissima regione italiana.
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.
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.
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.
Shanghai (China). Walking along the Bund by night and counting the million lights of Pudong.
Florence (Italy). Costa San Giorgio is a narrow street going down from Forte Belvedere to Ponte Vecchio and Oltrarno. This image has been taken from Villa Bardini’s terrace (some minutes before this other one) during a winter sunset. In the background, the churches of Santo Spirito and Cestello, the Arno river and the Cascine Park.
Firenze. Costa San Giorgio è una stradina stretta che scende da Forte Belvedere a Ponte Vecchio e Oltrarno. Questa foto è stata scattata dalla terrazza di Villa Bardini (pochi minuti prima di quest’altra) durante un tramonto invernale. Sullo sfondo, le chiese di Santo Spirito e del Cestello, il fiume Arno e il Parco delle Cascine.
Tokyo (Japan). The Tokyo Tower is one of the tallest building in Tokyo, and therefore this place is a fantastic observation dock for a great landscape.
Island of Capri (Italy). I have very little time to write my thoughts unfortunately, as I’m overwhelmed by things to do… But I wanted to “shake” a bit my blog’s homepage sharing this photo taken few days ago during a short but fantastic weekend with some friends. I’m not sure this image is able to transmit the sense of peace, calm and tranquility that I was feeling watching this landscape – it would be a fantastic accomplishment!
It was at sunset: after a very hot day, a fresh breeze was blowing from the sea. Whereas the famous “Piazzetta” (a symbolic – albeit a bit overrated – place, where people meet each other to chat, drink an aperitif, or simply to “show off”) was crawling with vacationers and daily tourists, and I was enjoying the end of the day from a very exclusive observatory – a private terrace looking out the entire town. I was so totally seduced by this scene, that I had to force myself to take my Leica and capture this photo! (poor me… ok, now I’m a bit exaggerating!).
I have a conflicting relationship with fashionable places such as Capri (just to mention the one where I was the last weekend). For some reasons I hate them: very honestly, all those people showing off, taking selfies and posting their face on social medias just to raise some “likes” are totally incomprehensible to me. But on the other side, I must admit that I love them: they offer great sources of inspiration for capturing photos, and – as it is in this case – having the possibility to escape from the mad crowd and to relax observing the landscape from an amazing terrace makes me feel a very lucky person.
Istanbul (Turkey). There’s a large external area at the Ortakoy Mosque, but unfortunately it is not possible to go there. However, through the big closed gate, there is an amazing view. Here, the Bosphorus at sunset, with the fisherman returning to the pier and the cat controlling its territory…