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Fishermen (and Friends)

Hvar Island (Croatia). I’m posting from a small but very nice town on an island of Croatia. Its name is Hvar – one of the most popular destinations in Dalmatia – and the town is Stari Grad (in english means “Old Town”). I’m finally on holiday, and maybe in the next weeks my posts will not be so frequent: I’m not sure I will be able to update my photoblog daily, but I will do my best.

Yesterday night my attention was captured by these fishermen. They were preparing their fishing nets for the night out, although dark clouds were announcing heavy rainstorms. I immediately went to watch them from a closer distance, because I have always been fascinated by fishermen since I was a baby. Still today one of my “dreams” is spending the night on a fishing boat and watching these people doing what – for them – is a “regular” working day. I think it could be a very nice photographing experience, by the way…

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Pontremoly by Night (Vietata L’Affissione)

Pontremoli (Massa Carrara, Italy). Yesterday late afternoon I was flying from Rome to Milan: let me say, it is one of the best (or at least one of the most original) way to visit Italy, especially if you chose the right-window seat (normally the “F” one) and if the sky is clear, as it was yesterday. The plane flew along its normal route, which means it followed the coast of the Tirrenian Sea from Lazio to Tuscany, and then headed to Milan. If you know a bit the geography of Italy, it will be easy to recognize landmarks like Pisa, Livorno (Leghorn), Lucca and the Versilia coast.

Anyway, when the plane was over La Spezia, it pointed directly toward Milan and flew very close to a small town called Pontremoli, I recognized it because I have there some of my family roots. I have spent there most of my childhood’s summers,and still today a piece of my heart belongs to that place and to its neighborhoods. Here you can see some of the photos that I have been taking around Pontremoli for the past years.

During the few minutes during which I flew above Pontremoli and the mountains around, somehow I thought about this photo, which was taken some days ago (with my Ricoh GR) during a pleasant night walk along the old part of the town. When I was back home, although it was quite late, I decided to develop it and to post it here in my blog. It happens to me sometimes: a place brings me back a memory to which I associate a photo, and somehow to “complete” that moment I think that there’s nothing better than reconsider that photo and post it here in my blog. It’s a sort of “fixing” something for the future, since from now on, when I will watch this photo, I will indirectly go back to my yesterday’s flight: isn’t it weird fantastic? This is another one of those magic features about photography, in my opinion.

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Giardino dell’Orticultura (Interior of the Greenhouse)

Florence (Italy). I was a baby when I used to spend part of my afternoons at the Horticultural Garden (Giardino dell’Orticultura) in Florence. At those times, two things were capturing my attention – so much that I still clearly remember them. The first one was an old parked locomotive: I cannot count how many hours I spent climbing it and dreaming of being a railwayman. The second one was the huge and abandoned greenhouse, with broken glasses and in very poor conditions.

Time ago I passed in front of the Horticultural Garden (I already posted a photo about it) and I noticed – what a beautiful surprise! – that the greenhouse had been perfectly renovated and is now brightly illuminated. While I was capturing this image posted here, somehow it was for me like jumping onto a time machine: my mind was brought back to those times when I was playing there with some other children (so many years ago) and I realized that photography is a great tool to surf the time back to old memories…

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Villa Manin (Behind The Gate)

Passariano di Codroipo (Italy). The lucky people that were able to visit the Italy Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, probably noticed this magnificent villa in the video containing the “Italian Excellencies”.

The name of this place is “Villa Manin”: it is an historical building (a typical “Venetian Villa”) placed in the middle of the Friulan countryside, between Pordenone and Udine, not too far from Venice. It was built by the Manin family in the 1650, and today it is owned and managed by the Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia (the regional administration), which uses Villa Manin to host prestigious international exhibitions, including those of some photographers such as Robert Capa (I loved it!) and Man Ray.

Some historical facts: Villa Manin was the residence of Ludovico Manin, the last Doge of Venice. Among its famous guests there was Napoleon Bonaparte, which established here for a couple of months his headquarter during the signature of the Treaty of Campoformio between France and Austria (17 October 1797).

I took this photo without thinking too much about the composition: I simply liked the wide facade of Villa Manin behind the big entrance gate and with a dark cloudy sky in the background. Since the day I took this photo I was just walking and I hadn’t my camera bag with me, I used the small and powerful Ricoh GR camera (always in my jacket’s pocket).

 

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Giardino dell’Orticultura (Greenhouse)

Florence (Italy). I was a baby when I used to spend part of my afternoons at the Horticultural Garden (Giardino dell’Orticultura) in Florence. At those times, two things were capturing my attention – so much that I still clearly remember them. The first one was an old parked locomotive: I cannot count how many hours I spent climbing it and dreaming of being a railwayman. The second one was the huge and abandoned greenhouse, with broken glasses and in very poor conditions. Tonight I passed in front of the Horticultural Garden and I noticed – what a beautiful surprise! – that the greenhouse had been perfectly renovated and is now brightly illuminated. While I was capturing this image posted here, somehow it was for me like jumping onto a time machine: my mind was brought back to those times when I was playing there with some other children (so many years ago) and I realized that photography is a great tool to surf the time back to old memories…

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