The Lavender of Piazza Cadorna

Milan (Italy). I took this photo today, during lunch time. I was inspired by a woman that I crossed on my way back to the office. She was most probably a tourist, and I noticed her taking a lavender’s flower and smelling it. From her face, I could clearly get her enjoyment. If you know Milan – and specifically Piazza Cadorna, a very crowded hub for commuters, with lot of traffic – you can probably get the sense of contrast given by this scene, and more specifically generated by the way that woman was enjoying the situation, and the general context in which she was doing it.

Therefore, I thought it was a nice idea trying to extrapolate myself from that place, and recreate a sense of enjoyment through my camera. The key element of course was the lavender’s flowers, which became the main subject of my composition. Behind them, a bit blurred, three symbols of Piazza Cadorna: the TreNord train station, the ATM tram (I had to wait for some minutes) and the “needle and thread” (Ago & Filo), a famous monument in the middle of the square designed by by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.

This is the final result: I don’t know if it gives the sense of enjoyment that I was trying to recreate, but for sure it was a nice challenge that made my lunch break definitely more pleasant and “creative”!

I want to add a very special thanks to my friend (and colleague) Irene Salerno for her kind support in taking this photo: she has been the one that informed me when the tram was arriving, and without her help I would have inesorably missed it! 

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Devotion (at the Sukawati Market in Bali)

Bali (Indonesia). The sense of religiosity and devotion is something that everyone experiences even as just landed in Bali. Travelling around the island is a continuous discover of temples – large and sumptuous, as well as small and humble – and it’s impossible to remain indifferent to it. Furthermore, it’s not only a simple visual experience (meaning, something that you can simply see); flowers and incenses are largely used in rituals, and it’s quite frequent smelling their scent along the streets.

However, although Bali hosts some thousands of temples all around, every place is suitable for devotion. Every shop has its private corner for praying and giving offers to God. Same is for private houses, where women daily prepare a basket of fresh products, fruit, flowers, biscuits and some money. The photograph I post here comes from the Sukaweti Market, not too far from the central town of Ubud. It’s a large market, which sells different products, mainly fruit and vegetables. I was walking around, and I noticed this big stack of bananas with the typical small basket on it, containing another banana, frangipane flowers and some incense to be offered to God. I found this scene very peculiar of the Balinese religiosity, and I did not hesitate one second to take my camera and capture it.

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Friulan Sakura

Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy). April is the “sakura” season… Sakura is the Japanese word for “cherry blossom” and is a popular attraction for Japan. Ok, here I’m not in Japan, I’m in Friuli Venezia Giulia: it’s one of the most beautiful region of Italy, and it’s characterised by typical poplar trees (here in the background). For this reason, when I captured this image, I thought that its name could be “Friulan Sakura”.

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