Urban Spaces (MUDEC)

Milan (Italy). From a window at MUDEC (Museo delle Culture – or “Museum of Cultures” in English) in Milan. I found this glimpse quite interesting, and representative of Milan today: it’s an eye on a former city’s industrial area, which has been totally renovated and today hosts many interesting spots such as lofts, design hotels and restaurants. There are several places like this one (the Fondazione Prada in Via Isarco or the nearby Fabbrica Orobia 15 just to mention some), and they are part of a deep renovation, which is transforming Milan in one of the most lively cities in Italy.

Milano. Da una finestra del MUDEC (Museo delle Culture) di Milano. Ho trovato questo scorcio abbastanza interessante, e rappresentativo della Milano di oggi: è un occhio su una ex area industriale della città, che è stata completamente rinnovata e oggi ospita molti posti interessanti come loft, hotel di design e ristoranti. CI sono diversi posti come questo (per citarne qualcuno, la Fondazione Prada in Via Isarco o la vicina Fabbrica Orobia 15) e sono parte di un profondo rinnovamento che sta trasformando Milano in una delle città più vivaci d’Italia.


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The Duomo Square of Milano in Chiaroscuro

Milan (Italy). Since “photography” means literally “writing with light”, shooting photos when the air is incredibly clean – such as after a rainstorm – it is like writing with the purest and most brilliant ink or painting with the most prestigious temperas!

Days ago I visited the Museo del Novecento (I already wrote a post about that day), and just before leaving the building – more or less it was the beginning of the so called “golden hour” – I dedicated some more minutes to enjoy the fantastic view of the Duomo (Cathedral) with its facade painted by a warm sun and with the churchyard completely shadowed. I found this contrast very interesting and inspiring, especially because it was perfectly marking the landscape’s shapes, enhancing the beauty of the Cathedral’s facade with its details and architectures.

Around one year ago I wrote a post on a “chiaroscuro” glimpse of Venice (another place where the light can be really magic sometimes): perhaps I should consider this type of situation more frequently, and to support this resolution I create the “chiaroscuro” tag for writing more posts…

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Florence in Chiaroscuro (Landscape from Piazzale Michelangelo)

Florence (Italy). I’m sorry for being repetitive. I know I have taken this picture, from this position, many many times; and like me, millions of people. But Florence has this unquestionable talent of enchanting and spellbinding people every time they are watching it, like the first time.

Some days ago I was at Piazzale Michelangelo, the sun was going down and the rays were lighting up the buildings’ facades along the Lungarno, creating an amazing chiaroscuro. I have shot, perfectly knowing that I was not going to capture an original image. But who cares, this is my blog and I do what I want!

Firenze. Mi dispiace essere ripetitivo. So di aver fatto questa foto, da questa posizione un sacco di volte; e che come me, altri milioni di persone. Ma Firenze ha questa indiscussa capacità di incantarti e di ipnotizzarti ogni volta che la guardi, come se fosse la prima.

L’altro giorno ero al Piazzale Michelangelo, il sole stava iniziando a scendere e la luce illuminava le facciate dei palazzi sul Lungarno, creando un bellissimo chiaroscuro. Ho scattato sapendo benissimo che non avrei fatto una foto originale. Ma chissenefrega, questo è il mio blog e io faccio quello che mi pare!

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Venice in Chiaroscuro

Venice (Italy). Beyond its typical and “ultra-photographed” landscapes (and I must include myself in this category), photographing around Venice can offer wonderful moments of so called “chiaroscuro”. Moving away from the Gran Canal or the Rialto Bridge and walking along secondary streets, gives the possibility of seeing narrow canals only partially illuminated, The strong contrast given by half scene completely dark and the other one warm and sunny is nice, and makes photos of Venice look like some paintings from the artistic movement called “Macchiaioli”.

The photo here is an example.

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Trieste in Chiaroscuro (Palazzo del Governo)

Trieste (Italy). I love photographing when the sun goes down and paints the buildings facades with a warm tonality, creating at the same time long dark shadows. I have even created a tag to describe this special situation of contrasts – naming it “chiaroscuro”.

Some days ago I was walking around Piazza Unità d’Italia in Trieste, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful squares in Italy, and the sunset was partially painting the elegant facade of the “Palazzo del Governo” (Government Building), which today hosts the Province and the Prefecture. Is there any better situation to enrich my gallery of chiaroscuro photos?

Trieste. Mi piace fotografare quando il sole scende e colora con una tonalità calda le facciate dei palazzi, creando al tempo stesso lunghe ombre scure. Ho anche creato un tag – l’ho chiamato appunto “chiaroscuro” – per descrivere questa speciale situazione di contrasti.

Alcuni giorni fa ero in Piazza Unità d’Italia a Trieste, senza dubbio una delle piazze più belle d’Italia, e il tramonto colorava una parte della facciata dell’elegante Palazzo del Governo, sede della Provincia e della Prefettura. Quale miglior occasione per arricchire la mia galleria di foto in chiaroscuro?

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Getting Used to This Landscape (Long Shadows at La Défense)

Paris (France). Here I’m one more time on my way to Paris La Défense. Today is rainy, so I went through my photo archive and I found this image taken the last week when the weather was definitely much better. When I captured this photograph, it was early morning and the sun was rising up, shaping long shadows on the Esplanade de la Défense: another place for my personal collection in “chiaroscuro” (after Venice and Milan)…

As written in the title, “I’m getting used to this landscape”, but I can’t complain of it of course! And – as stated many times – this offers to me great stimulus to bring one of my cameras (in this case, the small powerful Ricoh GR) always with me. But beyond this, I want to share some thoughts about “getting used to” something…

Time ago, I noticed an interesting quote. Here’s what it was saying:

The hardest thing about getting over someone is getting used to them not being there, because it goes from talking everyday, to nothing…

I think it can be easily transposed from people to places:

The hardest thing about getting over someone a place or a landscape is getting used to them not being there, because it goes from talking photographing them everyday, to nothing

How many places around the world are worth “getting used to them” because of being there? In other words, how many places around the world I would like to photograph forever? Is there any “cross” subject that I could photograph independently on how my passion for photography is mutating?

It’s definitely not an easy question, especially considering how my personal relationship with photography changes constantly time after time…

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