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Happy Birthday, Turkey! (Turkish Republic Holiday)

Istanbul (Turkey). This photo comes from the incredible fireworks shows during the celebration for the 2013 Turkish Republic Holiday in Istanbul (29 Ekim Cumhuriyet Bayramı). I remember that I went two or three hours earlier to Ulus Parki to set my tripod and camera in the best possible place. The year before, I photographed the pyrotechnic show from Eminonu, so this time I was intrigued by a different angle.

This is one of many shots. All of them are under the tag 29 October

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Git Türkiye, Git! (Go Turkey, go!)

Istanbul (Turkey). This is the photo I have chosen to symbolise this 1st of November, a crucial day for Turkey, which will elect – For the second time in few months – its Parliament. I took this image almost one year ago during the Vodafone Istanbul Marathon, therefore long time before the current tough situation; but it came to my mind in these days, and I decided to post it tonight – just before the polls opening.

Why I’m finding this photo symbolic? Because I see in it exactly the situation that Turkey is living right now: the man with the flag represents the Country, which stands up agains the flow of events (alias people) coming against him.

Loving Turkey as if I were born there, I can only hope that this man will remain well stable against everything and everyone; so that the Turkish flag he holds in his hand can continue to wave proud of its glorious story.

Git Türkiye, git! (Go Turkey, go!)

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The Bosphorus Bridge

Istanbul (Turkey). An unusual view of the Bosphorus Bridge with the city’ skyline, taken during the Istanbul Marathon – the only day of the year when the bridge is closed to traffic and exclusively open to pedestrians. Starting in Asia and crossing the Bosphorus to land in Europe, the Istanbul Marathon is the only marathon in the world that touches two continents.

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Love Locks (at Passerelle Leopold Sedar Senghor)

Paris (France). Paris is widely recognized as one of the most romantic cities in the world, and this is something of easily understandable. What I honestly still do not understand, is why people declare their love putting a lock on the railing of a bridge and throwing the key into the river

Some months ago, Pont des Artes was temporarily closed to go under maintenance and to remove tons of so called “love locks”, which were compromising the stability of railings. Now, the new place where to hang love locks is the Passerelle Leopold Sedar Senghor. It’s the same situation: locks sellers all along the bridge (they also offer to their customers the possibility of writing their initials with a pen) and thousands of locks all along the railings.

My question is still the same: if love ends, does one of the two come, find and remove the love lock?

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Ponte Stemma in Pontremoli, Lunigiana

Pontremoli (Massa Carrara, Italy). An after-dinner night walk around Pontremoli can become an excellent opportunity for shooting some unusual photographs. This massive bridge is called Ponte del Casotto and is placed at the confluence between the two rivers, Magra and Verde. It’s a very old stone bridge: the original structure dates back to the end of the 14th century and it was reinforced in 1568. This is the same bridge that appears in the city’s insignia (in italian: “stemma”) and for this reason it’s usually known locally as “Ponte Stemma”.

There’s a nice garden under it, and it’s a peaceful place except during Medievalis – a local exhibition held in August – when the garden is packed with several gastronomic stands and people come here for eating delicious local products.

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The Old, Massive and Symbolic Ponte Stemma in Pontremoli

Pontremoli (Italy). I already posted a photo mentioning my participation – with three photos – at an exhibition on Pontremoli and the Lunigiana region until the 7th of August 2016 at the Art Gallery “Ex-Macelleria“. I expressly created the tag “Pontremoli Photographic Exhibition 2016” to see all of them with one click…

As mentioned in another post, Pontremoli takes its name’s root from the Latin word “Pons“, bridge. For this reason, I selected – among many photos in my archive – three images of three different but representative bridges, all of them captured by night. This one here shows of a very massive bridge, called Ponte del Casotto, which is placed at the confluence between the two rivers, Magra and Verde. It’s a very old stone bridge: the original structure dates back to the end of the 14th century and it was reinforced in 1568. This is the same bridge that appears in the city’s insignia (in Italian: “stemma”) and for this reason it’s usually known locally as “Ponte Stemma”.

For those who will be around Pontremoli – in the northern part of Tuscany – in these days until the 7th of August, the exhibition will be held at the Galleria d’Arte Ex-Macelleria, Via Garibaldi 27 – 50027 Pontremoli (Massa Carrara). Opening hours: 10.30 / 13.00 and 16.30 / 19.30.

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