Landscape of Kotor, Montenegro (Just After a Rain Storm)

Kotor (Montenegro). It’s always a nice achievement when I can add a new country to my list of visited places. I went to Montenegro for the first time this summer, and of course I could not miss the possibility of visiting the old town of Kotor (Cattaro). If you google “Montenegro”, one of the first and most popular results is more or less the same photo posted here. This does not mean that Montenegro does not have anything else to offer to tourists, of course! Simply, this is one of the most iconic landmark in the Country.

I arrived to Kotor during a very heavy rainstorm: it was not the best possible welcome, let me say. However, when the rain stopped and clouds moved away, I immediately took my camera, wore good trekking shoes and went along the 4.5 km track (it’s along the upper town walls, and has stairs on its side) which starts from the town and climbs up to the top of the mountain, where – from the abandoned St. John Fortress – it is possible to enjoy the amazing landscape of the town and of the fjord.

However, in my opinion the best landscape was more or less at half of the walk, with the Our Lady of Health church, with its bell tower, dominating the view of the town and the fjord. In my case, moreover, the thick clouds were moving toward the open sea making the scenery even more intense. I decided to climb the rest of the path: it was quite tough – let me say – but it was a very enjoyable walk…

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Smelling Oncoming Summer Rainstom (Maire Tecnimont)

Milan (Italy). An image taken last night: these days are characterized by heavy clouds and unexpected sort-of-tropical rainstorms, which can be very annoying – except when they bring / leave such an amazing sky!

Clouds can never hide the sun forever; so don’t complain about clouds but never forget to welcome the sun [Debasish Mridha]

I took this image walking through Piazza Gae Aulenti, just at the foot of the UniCredit Tower (the building on the left): I liked the contrast between the illuminated Maire – Tecnimont building against the dark sky in the background: a very quick capture, before heading home waiting for the rainstorm – which did not happen.

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Parisian Sky

Paris (France). “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky”. Rabindranath Tagore, Indian poet (1861 – 1941). This is how I’m trying to feel today.

This photo has been taken from a building’s courtyard at Le Marais, in Paris. Time ago.

Parigi (Francia). “Le nuvole giungono fluttuando nella mia vita, non più per portare pioggia o per annunciare la tempesta, ma per aggiungere colore al mio cielo al tramonto”. Rabindranath Tagore, poeta indiano (1861 – 1941). Oggi cerco di sentirmi così.

Questa foto è stata fatta dal cortile di un palazzo nel Marais, a Parigi. Tempo fa.

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The Mont Blanc at Sunrise (from the plane)

Somewhere above the Alps (between Italy and France). I must confess that I’m neglecting my blog in these days, but I’m dedicating all my time to other things and I’m completely overwhelmed. For this reason, I find myself photographing through the window of a plane (and it’s good that I always bring a camera with me) commuting for business between Milan and Paris.

Days ago, during one of the typical amazing sunrises of this period, I noticed the peak of this mountain appearing through the clouds. Once landed, I found on internet the exact path of my flight, and through the time of shooting, I reached the conclusion that this could be the east side of the Mont Blanc.

I don’t know if it is true or not – perhaps a mountain lover can confirm it – but in any case it has been one of the most intense photographic moments of the past days (after all, they have been very few…)

Da qualche parte sopra le Alpi. Sto trascurando il mio blog, lo ammetto; ma sono impegnatissimo su altri fronti ai quali sto dedicando tutto il mio tempo e tutte le mie risorse. Per questo motivo, mi ritrovo a scattare foto attraverso il finestrino di un aereo (e per fortuna che mi porto sempre dietro una macchina fotografica!) mentre pendolo per lavoro tra Milano e Parigi.

Giorni fa, durante una delle solite meravigliose albe invernali di questo periodo, ho scorto la cima di questo monte emergere dalle nuvole. Una volta atterrato, ho ritrovato su internet la rotta esatta dell’aereo e – tramite l’orario di scatto – sono arrivato alla conclusione che il monte in questione potrebbe essere il versante Est del Monte Bianco.

Non so se sia vero – forse un appassionato di montagna può effettivamente confermarmelo – ma comunque sia, è stato uno dei momenti fotografici più intensi degli ultimi giorni (del resto sono stati talmente pochi…).

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Rione Terra, Pozzuoli (Landscape From The Marina Just After a Rainstorm)

Naples (Italy). As anticipated in my previous post, I spent some relaxing days around Naples and its gulf. This time I had the opportunity to explore not only the city (to me, one of the most beautiful and interesting places in Italy) but also to visit the coast from a privileged observation point: a boat!. In the next days (hopefully, but more realistically I would rather say “weeks” since I’m a bit overwhelmed) I will post more images from the Gulf of Naples, the Islands and the Amalfi Coast.

The first image selected here comes from Pozzuoli, a medium-size town (ca. 80,000 inhabitants) with a very old history: according to some studies, a first Greek colony was settled here probably around 500 BC and its initial name was Dicearkia. More reliable evidences say that Pozzuoli was established in 194 BC as a Roman colony, being initially named “Puteoli” from “puteus”, a Latin word which means “well”. Another possible origin of the name Puteoli is again a Latin word – “puteo” – which means “to stink”, simply because this place is very close to a “Solfatara” (all the region is pretty “volcanic” and the Vesuvio is just at the other side of the Gulf.

The so called “Rione Terra” photographed here was the first settlement of Pozzuoli / Puteoli. I captured this landscape immediately after a very heavy rainstorm, when the first rays of sun were beginning to filter across the dark clouds, illuminating – let me more correctly say “painting with light” – the Rione. To be honest I was also waiting for a nice rainbow, but unfortunately it did not come… However I liked the final result, and I decided to share it here.

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The Sky Of Istanbul Out Of My Window Right Now

Istanbul (Turkey). You understand that you are deeply in love with a city, when after many years you are still watching out of the window with the camera in your hands, thinking that you are capturing the most beautiful landscape ever… This is the sky of Istanbul out of my window right now: yesterday it was the same, and probably it will be the same tomorrow as well. But to me, it’s always different, always special, always providing me with an unique emotion. So, am I right? Is this love? I think so…

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Frank Gehry for the Louis Vuitton Foundation

Paris (France). The futuristic building, which hosts the Louis Vuitton Foundation (or “Fondation Louis Vuitton” in French) is one of those places where you can spend an entire day, walking up and down the stairs as well as exploring its halls, without getting bored. Furthermore, if you like architecture photography, you will enjoy the challenge of shooting a place characterized by “irregular” shapes, and which seems a ship with sails swollen by the wind. I found photographing this place, designed by the “starchitect” Frank Gehry, at the same time tough and exciting, a truly demanding experience; and I could not enjoy it more!

The photo here is just one of the many I captured during my visit: the light was creating some difficulties and I decided to include in the composition the interesting fountain outside the building. What is difficult to give is the real dimension of the entire structure: it’s really big, but I hardly could find a place to shoot it in its entire development. More photos will follow with the next posts (I will create the tag “Louis Vuitton Foundation”); for the moment, I recommend this place if you are planning a trip to Paris. It’s not the “typical” Parisian location (probably for this reason I liked it even more) although at the time I visited it, there was an amazing exhibition of paintings (Munch, Matisse, Picasso, Brancusi, Mondrian, Malevich just to mention some).

Another plus: the Louis Vuitton Foundation is in the middle of the Jardin d’Acclimatation, a very beautiful garden, very silent and far from the crowd.

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