Florence (Italy). Night view of the Cathedral (Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, or Duomo di Firenze) with the Giotto’s Campanile.
Pontremoli (Italy). This is a self-promotional post: I hope I won’t seem narcissist, but in these days – until the 7th of August 2016 – I’m participating with three photos at an exhibition on Pontremoli and the Lunigiana region. One of these photos is this one posted here.
The photo (already posted in this blog one year ago, that time in black and white) shows the very old bridge named “Ponte della Crësa”, which initially was built with wood in the 1300s, and it was reinforced – as it is today – during the 15th century. In the background, two landmarks of Pontremoli: the Bell Tower (popularly known as the “Campanone”) and the Cathedral’s Dome. The old town center of Pontremoli extends over a spit of land between the confluence of the Verde and Magra river, and this bridge is one of the city’s symbols. The name itself – Pontremoli – comes from the latin “Pons Tremulus“, where Pons is the latin word for bridge, whereas Tremulus is an old name for the poplar, the material used to build the bridge. According to another interpretation, “Tremulus” might stem from the fact that the bridge tended to shake. This is to say that Pontremoli has somehow built its history on bridges, and bridges themselves are the subjects of my photos selected for this exhibition.
For those who will be around Pontremoli – in the northern part of Tuscany – in these days, 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.
Moscow (Russia). It’s such a long time since my last post! I’m so busy in this period that I barely find the time to check my blog statistics and to answer to some messages… I’m working hardly in these weeks, and this my photoblog – although I love it – necessarily comes after my regular job (regular = the job for which I’m paid). Furthermore, the recent horrible events in Beirut, in Paris, in Mali etc. were so tragic, that during those days it was too hard for me finding the motivation to write something reasonable…
Therefore, this post “celebrates” the end of a 10-days period of silence; but it is also the post that embeds a new tag: “Moscow”! And it’s always special when I create a new tag, because it’s like putting a new flag on earth, something that excites me a lot!
Although my stay in Moscow was very short – just a weekend – I took many photos around the city. This one, the wide landscape of the Red Square by night, with the Cathedral of Saint Basil and the Kremlin, has been taken from the bridge crossing the Moskva river very few minutes after my arrival: I remember that I was so excited to start walking and photographing around Moscow, that I wasn’t feeling the cold wind at all, and even the snow – that was starting to fall – couldn’t stop me. I liked this view because, in the same frame, there are two of the most iconic landmarks of Moscow, with the “temporal power” (represented by the Kremlin) in a sort of opposition to the “spiritual power” (the Saint Basil’s Cathedral).
One technical note: I brought with me only the Leica Q camera, and to be honest I did not miss – except maybe for a couple of situations – all my other lenses. Maybe it’s the beginning of a new era? Should I start looking and exploring the world with a 28 mm focal length? Let’s see…
Milan (Italy). After a rainy Saturday in Florence, I think I deserved a wonderful sunny Monday (April 25th is bank holiday in Italy) in Milan! I spent some hours between Palazzo Reale and the Museo del Novecento: the first one is currently hosting a very interesting exhibition about Umberto Boccioni, an Italian painter and sculptor, known for being a main actor of the Futurism movement (his works are exhibited at several prestigious museums including the MoMA and the Metropolitan Museum in New York); the second one, among some works from Boccioni himself, includes works (paintings and sculptures) made by artists from the XX Century such as De Chirico, Modigliani, Kandinskij, Klee and many others.
It was not my first time at the Museo del Novecento, but this is such a beautiful place that it is worth more than one single visit. And not only for its paintings and sculptures, but also for the building interior design, with a spiral staircase which brings the visitors from the ticket booth to the museum entrance, and for its arrangement on several floors, ending at the top of the building where a wonderful windowed room offers an unique landscape over the Cathedral’s Square.
Of course, once arrived here I captured many photos, including some without anyone (I went there late afternoon, when the museum was going to close). But at the end I selected this one because the presence of some people doing different things (chatting, photographing or simply watching the fantastic landscape) makes it more “alive”, more realistic, more dynamic. As usual, I found my “comfort zone” trying to find the room symmetry, exalted by the geometric weft of the windows’ frame. Out of the window, the Milan Cathedral and the arch of the Vittorio Emanuele’s Gallery – with an intense blue sky in the background.
As said, I found in this scene – with its light and colors – an opportunity for people, architecture and landscape photography at the same time and the perfect (and well-deserved) compensation after a rainy weekend in Florence!
Florence (Italy). Long time no see, Florence: I have been quite busy, but I still love you don’t worry. Long time no see, my dear camera: if I have not been bringing you with me for long time, it’s because there was nothing to photograph. Long time no see, photographingaround.me: I guess you are disappointed because I’m not updating you anymore – at least not enough – but I had other thoughts in my head.
Well, now I’m back!
Firenze. Tanto tempo che non ci vediamo, FIrenze: sono stato piuttosto impegnato negli ultimi tempi, ma ti amo ancora – non preoccuparti. Tanto tempo che non ci vediamo, cara macchina fotografica: ma se non ti ho portata con me per tutto questo tempo, è perchè sapevo che non ci sarebbe stato nulla da fotografare. Tanto tempo che non ci vediamo, photographingaround.me: immagino tu sia deluso perchè non ti sto più aggiornando – almeno, non abbastanza – ma ho avuto altri pensieri per la testa.
Bene, sono tornato!
Tblisi (Georgia). Despite its recent construction, the Sameba Holy Trinity Cathedral is today one of the most iconic landmarks in Tblisi. This church is the main Cathedral of the Georgian Orthodox Church and is the third-tallest Eastern Orthodox cathedral in the world.
Milan (Italy). A photographic sequence of the Cathedral Square (Piazza del Duomo) in Milan, merged together to create a landscape prospectively anomalous, but interesting to be watched. These images have been taken from the restaurant Giacomo Arengario at the Museo del Novecento – one of my favorite places in Milan (from) where shooting photos.
Milano (Italia). Una serie di scatti in sequenza di Piazza Duomo a Milano, uniti insieme per creare una panoramica prosetticamente anomala, ma secondo me divertente da guardare. Le foto sono state scattate dal ristorante Giacomo Arengario presso il Museo del Novecento (uno dei miei posti preferiti a Milano da / in cui scattare foto)
Florence (Italy). This is a postcard; an “easy” postcard. I know. And I’m not a big fan of this type of photos. But it’s also Florence, my city, captured from probably the best observatory in town; and I could not resist. This image has been taken from the terrace of Villa Bardini, a former private residence now used for exhibitions. From there, it seems possible touching the heart of the city; and by night, Florence becomes even more magic. As said: I could not resist.
Firenze. Questa foto è una cartolina; una “facile” cartolina. Lo so. E non sono un grande amante di questo genere di foto. Ma è anche Firenze, la mia città, fotografata da quello che probabilmente è il punto di osserazione migliore possibile; e non ho potuto resistere. Questa foto è stata scattata dalla terrazza di Villa Bardini, in precedenza una residenza privata, oggi utilizzata per ospitare delle mostre. Da là, è possibile toccare il cuore della città; e di notte, Firenze diventa ancora più magica. Come detto, non ho potuto resistere.
Pontremoli (Massa Carrara, Italy). This landscape photo has been taken from a privileged position: the top of the bell tower in the center of Pontremoli, in the Lunigiana territory (more or less the part of Tuscany adjacent to Parma province and Liguria, extended in correspondence of the Magra river’s basin).
Pontremoli is a small, enchanting town with a long and surprising history. Although it’s small and not particularly famous (especially when compared with much more popular destinations in Tuscany, as the towns around Florence or Siena), it is worth a deep and accurate visit, better with a local guide that can help you to discover and better appreciate its artistic heritage.
I have part of my family’s origins here, and probably for this reason I’m always happy when I return to Pontremoli – and I do it whenever I can. Coming here is like finding part of myself, of my ancestors, and feeling the responsibility of keeping a sort of tradition handed down from father to son. Probably I feel the “sense of having roots” particularly important because I’m travelling frequently and I lived in different cities; and maybe one day I will come to live here… who knows?