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The Fisherman’s Family

Muscat (Oman). I captured this photograph when I was driving around Oman with a friend. It was late afternoon and we were along a beach not far from Muscat. People were preparing their boats for the night out, and I noticed this nice fisherman’s family. The man is repairing the nets, I guessed he will leave his children in few hours to take the sea and capture some fish to sell at the local market. All together they share this nice convivial moment, it was nice photographing them.

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The Selimiye Mosque (From a Sunflower Field)

Edirne (Turkey). I captured this image many years ago – it was summer 2011. I was in Edirne, in the North of Turkey, to attend a famous wrestling competition named “Kirkpinar”, and I took the opportunity to have a tour around the city. Few days before, the Selimiye Mosque – one of the most famous places of Edirne – had been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, and I could not miss the opportunity to visit it. But my favourite image – beyond some photos of the marvellous mosque’s interiors – is this one, almost taken by chance on the way back home, in which the majestic building with its minarets are in the distance.

As said, I remember I was on the way to Istanbul when I noticed this beautiful sunflower field. It was late afternoon and the day was going to end, all the more so I had already put my cameras and objectives in the bag (at those times I used to travel with a large bag full of things; not as today, using only one camera and two fixed lenses – but this is another story). Immediately, I asked the driver to stop, and I got off the car to take this photo. To be precise, I waked several meters through the field to be part of them. And even though I was tired for the tough day, I could remain there the whole evening: minute after minute the light was getting better and better, soft, warm as only some summer sunsets can be. On the way to Istanbul, re-watching the photos, I thought that the beauty of some moments does not come only from capturing an image, but also from all the things that accompany it: the chance of noticing this landscape, the decision of asking the driver to stop, the fight against the tiredness of unpacking everything and starting again to take photos, the desire of going into the field to find a better composition…

Photographing – as I always say – is not just putting a pressure on a button. Photographing is watching, thinking, desiring, telling a story, imagining, moving (and being moved). Watching a photograph some years later and re-having in mind those feelings is not something ordinary, and even saying that photography is the freeze-frame of a memory does not give justice to this amazing art. Photographing is opening our heart to the world around ourselves, this is photography. And for this reason to take photos two eyes come before a camera. Two eyes, a heart and a big desire of exploring the world.


Edirne (Turchia). Ho fatto questa foto tanti anni fa – era l’estate del 2011. Ero andato a Edirne, nel nord della Turchia, a vedere una famosa manifestazione di lotta che si chiama “Kirkpinar”, e con l’occasione mi sono fatto un giro per la città. Pochi giorni prima, la Moschea di Selimiye – uno dei luoghi più famosi di Edirne – era stata inserita nella lista dei siti UNESCO (World Heritage List) e non potevo perdermi l’occasione di visitarla. Ma l’immagine che preferisco – oltre ad alcune che esaltano i meravigliosi interni decorati della moschea – è questa, scattata quasi per caso sulla via del ritorno, in cui si vede l’imponente edificio con i suoi minareti in lontananza.

Come detto, ricordo che ero appena ripartito per tornare a Istanbul, quando ho notato questo bellissimo campo di girasoli. Era tardo pomeriggio e la giornata volgeva al termine, tanto che avevo già messo via l’attrezzatura (all’epoca viaggiavo con uno zaino pieno di roba, non come adesso che faccio tutto con un corpo e un paio di lenti – ma questa è un’altra storia). Immediatamente ho chiesto all’autista di fermarsi, e sono sceso dalla macchina per scattare questa foto. A dire il vero, mi sono incamminato diversi metri dentro al campo di girasoli, per poter essere un tutt’uno con loro. Nonostante fossi stanco dalla giornata impegnativa, sarei potuto stare tutta la sera in quel campo: ogni minuto che passava la luce diventava sempre più bella, morbida, calda come solo certi tramonti estivi sanno essere. Sulla strada per Istanbul, riguardando le foto, pensavo che la bellezza di certi momenti non viene solo dal fare una fotografia, ma da tutto quello che la accompagna: il caso di aver notato questo panorama, l’aver deciso di chiedere all’autista di fermarsi, l’aver combattuto la stanchezza di rimettermi a fotografare nonostante avessi già riposto tutta l’attrezzatura, la voglia di addentrarmi nel campo di girasoli per cercare uno scatto migliore…

Fotografare – lo dico spesso – non è soltanto una semplice pressione su un bottone. Fotografare è vedere, pensare, desiderare, raccontare, immaginare, emozionare (ed emozionarsi). Riguardare una foto a distanza di anni e riavere in mente quelle sensazioni non è un qualcosa di banale, e anche dire che la fotografia è il fermo immagine di un ricordo non rende giustizia a questa arte meravigliosa. Fotografare è aprire il cuore al mondo che ci circonda, ecco che cos’è veramente. Ed è per questo che per fotografare servono due occhi prima ancora che una macchina fotografica. Due occhi, un cuore e tanta voglia di vedere il mondo.

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Buda Castle (Budapest By Night)

Budapest (Hungary). Budapest by night is a great photographic experience. This photo has been taken in 2011, long time ago: however, I still perfectly remember the vibrations that this city, so nicely illuminated when the sun goes down behind the right bank of the Danube river. The feeling was quite unique, and still today it’s a bit difficult to be described. In a certain sense – let me say – photographing Budapest by night was like photographing a woman that perfectly knows about her beauty, and that for this reason invites you to prepare your photo calmly, choosing the best possible composition and dedicating all the necessary attentions to transform just a click into an experience for your soul.

In detail, this was a photo captured at the Buda Castle, which overlooks the city and offers a perfect place for beautiful landscape views. But I was also intrigued by the castle itself, and I dedicated more than one shot to it. This is one of them.

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Turkish (De)Lights (Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul)

Istanbul (Turkey). Few minutes only just to share a photograph I found last night in my archive, and which dates back to 2011. It’s the beautiful chandelier at the Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul, one of the most beautiful sites in the old town of Sultanahmet.

The mosques’ chandeliers are probably the first thing people notice when they enter into the praying room, and even contemporary mosques such as the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Oman or the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi have huge chandeliers to impress visitor and worshipers.


Istanbul. Pochi minuti per condividere una fotografia che ho ritrovato ieri sera nel mio archivio, e che risale al 2011. Si tratta del meraviglioso lampadario nella Moschea di Solimano a Istanbul, uno dei siti più belli nella città vecchia di Sultanahmet.

I lampadari delle moschee sono probabilmente la prima cosa che le persone notano entrando nella sala della preghiera, e anche le moschee contemporanee come la Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Oman o la Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi hanno enormi candelabri per impressionare i visitatori e i fedeli.

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National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York

New York (USA). I visited the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in 2012. It ‘a place that should be visited in absolute silence, not only in respect to the many people that have lost their lives here, but also meditating on how that day changed the world. Today, on the 15th anniversary of that tragic September 11, I decided to prepare and post an old photo taken during this visit. While developing it, many things experienced during this visit came to my mind: the engraved names of dead people, the flowers left by their family, the incredible number of people – of all races and religions – walking silently around the huge fountains built in correspondence of the Twin Towers. It was my way to commemorate that tragic unforgettable day.


New York. Ho visitato il National September 11 Memorial and Museum nel 2012. E’ un posto che va visitato in assoluto silenzio, non solo in rispetto alle tante persone che qui hanno perso la loro vita, ma anche in meditazione su come quel giorno ha cambiato il mondo. Oggi, nel 15esimo anniversario di quel tragico 11 Settembre, ho deciso di riprendere una foto scattata durante tale visita. Mentre la preparavo per postarla qui sul blog, mi sono tornate in mente tante cose vissute durante quella visita: dai nomi incisi delle persone morte, ai fiori lasciati dai loro familiari, alla incredibile quantità di persone – di ogni razza e religione – che camminavano silenziosamente intorno alle enormi fontane costruite in corrispondenza delle Torri Gemelle. E’ stato un modo – per me – di commemorare quella tragica indimenticabile giornata.

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The Hungary Parliament in Budapest

Budapest (Hungary). Thanks to its architecture, to its position on a bank of the Danube river, and to the color of the facade given by the light at sunset, the Hungary Parliament in Budapest is probably one of the most beautiful Parliament buildings in the world. For sure, a building I photographed with great passion and enthusiasm.

For this reason, even if I took this photo long time ago, still it is one of my favorite shots; not only for the sense of calm and tranquility that it gives to me every time I watch it, but also because I think it makes stand out the beauty of the Parliament’s architecture. In few words, this image is something I could see on my wall for long time without getting bored…

To those that are traveling to Budapest – even for a short stay as a weekend – I recommend to sit in front of the Parliament Building on the other side of the Danube river, and contemplate the facade waiting for the sunset. Architecture lovers will find in this landscape a sort of “mystical experience” and will “get drunk” with all those details, decorations and statues; not to mention the perfect coexistence of the general Gothic design with the central dome in perfect XIX Century Renaissance Revival style.

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