Street & People

Commuting Life in Milan

Milan (Italy). Tonight I was going through my photo catalog, and I noticed this image I took some weeks ago when I was on a tram in Milan – I like jumping on a tram with my camera, standing in the back of the coach and photographing life inside and outside – and I was passing from the same crossing where I met a nice juggler (I already wrote a post about him).

Well, I shouldn’t explain my photographs and everyone should have personal and intimate feelings watching an image. For the same reason I shouldn’t explain why I liked this photo… I can only say that I could find something interesting in it, especially in the tram coming from the other direction completing the composition. I imagined about commuting, about moving every day from one point to another, about how life goes on, both inside and outside the tram – the same environment where I was when I took this photo. Trams are like cinemas, there’s always a movie outside and people should try not to get used to the daily show.

For this reason I always have a camera with me: if I think about the world around me as a huge circus (as it is, indeed) or a cinema, there always will be something interesting to photograph. Here we are: this is the reason why I found this photo interesting: because in its normality – in its routine, typical of commuters – it describes something that at my eyes can be perceived as special. And in my opinion, this somehow can be considered as a big privilege.

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Life On Board a Tram Around Milan

Milan (Italy). I took this photograph some weeks ago – I think it was last June. In that occasion I discovered that shooting photos from a tram can be a very interesting opportunity for some nice situations: Milan has many trams moving all around the city, although unfortunately some of them have no windows that can be opened.

The more I see the city from the window of a tram (or even inside the tram itself), the more I understand that there’s a life from / in there. A tram offers a privileged observation point, giving to the observer those centimeters above everybody else to see the city in a different way; furthermore, trams go from the city downtown to the periphery, showing the urban transition and development. Last but not least, inside every tram there’s an entire world made of people, their faces and their stories.

In this sense, street photography cameras like the Leica Q or the Ricoh GR are great tools. They both have the exact focal length I need (28 mm, the latter on APS-C sensor). And – this is a fundamental aspect – they are fast!

On this basis, I intend to continue this sort of project, take it as a resolution. Maybe I will create a specific tag for this. Stay tuned, let’s see what I will able to do.

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Paris (France). I’m not a photojournalist (I barely consider my self even a photographer!), but yesterday I was walking by chance close to Pont des Arts in Paris, and I remembered what I had read on newspapers the day before: a team of maintainers was there to remove thousands and thousands of padlocks – so called “love locks” – which were locked at the bridge’s railing by lovers from all around the world, putting their initials on the lock itself, and throwing the keys down into the Seine river.

Being there in the middle of a large group of photographers (professional ones) and video-makers was very exciting, and moved by enthusiasm of being in the right place at the right time, I took several photos. This first one published here is probably the most “symbolic”, with a last couple of lovers on the bench watching sadly all those love locks – probably included theirs – removed from Pont des Arts’ railing. Other photos complete the gallery.


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Galleria Meravigli (Perhaps One Day I Will Expose at Fondazione Forma)

Milan (Italy). I come to this place – the Galleria Meravigli – more or less every time there is a new photography exhibition at the Fondazione Forma, one of the most active reality in the Italian photographic landscape and a reference point for photography lovers in Milan. Even this year I have attended several exhibitions, including one of my favorite ever: the legendary Vivian Maier.

I have selected the Galleria Meravigli some days ago, when I was walking around Milan to test the new Leica M-D camera: It was Saturday morning and there was nobody around. I liked the feeling of being a bit suspended in the past and I took some photos of people walking “over there, out of the gallery”. This is one of them…

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Life Along the Railway in Hanoi

Hanoi (Vietnam). Walking and photographing around Hanoi can be incredibly surprising: for example, I was not expecting to see the national railway surrounded by houses with people living and spending their days on the binaries… I found this scene incredibly attracting and exciting, I spent several minutes suspended between incredulity and the passion for that original situation. This is one of the most representative photograph I captured that afternoon.

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A Nice Walk on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul

Istanbul (Turkey). This happens only once per year: it’s an unique event, and Istanbul lovers shouldn’t miss it. Of course I’m talking about the Vodafone Istanbul Marathon!

No, do not misunderstand me: I’m not proposing to run the 42+ km of a full marathon, neither to take the shorter 15 km run. What I’m talking about is to experience the fantastic opportunity of walking along the Bosphorus Bridge, which is normally jammed by cars and trucks, but one time per year is fully dedicated to runners, walkers and families.

Indeed, what for me is a very nice scene to be seen, is how much families and people truly love their bridge, which in this occasion is not simply an “infrastructure”, but becomes something more like a “legendary part of the city” (although it’s not so historical as monuments in Sultanahmet). During the marathon day, after runners’ start, people gather on the bridge to walk, discuss, protest, have breakfast (traditions matter!), play backgammon (tavla), sell simit with ayran and – of course – to take unique photos. In other words, the bridge – which normally connects the two sides of Istanbul, Europe and Asia – in this special day keeps its function of connecting “people” from different political parties, social extraction, cities of Turkey, football teams (yes, normally they fight like cats and dogs, but on the bridge they become friends) and so on. A sort of “occupy the bridge” day: isn’t it fantastic?

This here is one of the many photos I took last year during the 2014 Vodafone Istanbul Marathon (I created a specific tag): just click on the link to see the others; but if it happens you are in Istanbul the marathon day (this year it will be on the 15th of November) do not miss this great opportunity of experiencing something of unique.

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