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Women’s Prayer Space

Istanbul (Turkey). Since today it is the first Friday after the end of Ramadan’s holidays (Ramazan Bayrami), I selected this photo with sun rays filtering through the window and illuminating the praying room reserved to women at the Eyup Sultan Mosque.

It’s not easy to take photos of women praying in a mosque, since they have a reserved (and normally obscured) room separated from the rest of the building. In some cases – like this one – there was a narrow passage between the main prayer room and the women’s room, and I used it to capture this photo (also leveraging the wide angle of my lens). Of course, as in a typical situation of street photography, I had to stay in front of (or at least pretty close to) this passage for some minutes to be “visually accepted” by people and to not create problems with my camera, and at the end it worked quite well.

However, since women do not like to be photographed, to respect their will I took this photo when none of their faces was recognizable.

 

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London City’s Skyline

London (UK). One thing I love about London is its skyline. First of all, every time I watch and photograph it, it’s always different – with new buildings and shapes. But also because the sky of London – with its colours and clouds – is an amazing background, which emphasise the futuristic skyscrapers (among others, the newly built “Shard” and the Gherkin) and the old silhouette like the St. Paul Cathedral.

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Hot Air Balloons Take Off Over Cappadocia At Sunrise

Goreme (Turkey). Every morning (except when weather conditions don’t allow it) tens of hot air balloons take off around Goreme at sunrise, for a ride over Cappadocia – Turkey. It’s a lifetime experience, which gives not only the possibility to admire the incredible morphology of this unique region, but also the feeling of a silent flight suspended in the air.

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The Former Shanghai Slaughterhouse

Shanghai (China). It’s official name is “1933 Laochangfang”, it was the Shanghai slaughterhouse and it was built – as written in its name – in 1933 during the pre-communist period. The building was expressly designed to manage the complicated logistic typical of a slaughterhouse: series of ramps, bridges, slipways and chutes were facilitating the work of men with their cattle, whereas a central atrium was the market. Visiting the 1933 Laochangfang is very impressive, even though today you can only imagine that in its original destination it was an abbattoir; and instead of cows or other animals, today the Shanghai slaughterhouse is a trendy location for events, with bars, restaurants, ballrooms and exhibitions.

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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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