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Jane’s Carousel in New York

New York (USA). Jane’s Carousel is one of the magic places in Brooklyn, New York. It’s a very old carousel, you can read the entire history here in the official webpage. I photographed this place one night I was walking around the Brooklyn Bridge: it was a cold winter night (and when I say “cold”, it means “freaking cold”!) with very few people around. When I saw the carousel, it was like a mirage: it was closed, but lights were on and horses in the glassed structure were looking as ready to start their ride again. All around, there were Manhattan’s lights, forming a perfect frame. Somehow, that moment warmed me so much that I spent half-an-hour shooting this scene.

Both last and this December (2013 and 2014), this photograph has been chosen by Jane for the Christmas newsletter. This is the kind of things that make me proud: not only because I’m talking about one of the most popular place in New York City (by the way, this place won the Travel and Leisure 2012 Design Awards as “Best Public Space”), but also because I like to believe that if Jane’s Carousel warmed my heart that night, maybe with my photograph I can now warm someone else’s heart. Isn’t it what a photographer should try to do every time?

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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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Camlica Hill (Watching Europe from Asia)

Istanbul (Turkey). The Camlica Hill is one of my favorite spots to spend an entire afternoon photographing around me. The place itself is quite special, there are restaurants and tea gardens, and locals love to go there. It’s also very popular for wedding photography. But the main reason to visit Camlica Hill, at least for a tourist or a landscape photographer, is the amazing view of Istanbul: during clear sky days, it’s possible to see a large part of the city along the Bosphorus, from the so called “Second Bridge” to Sultanahmet, including the skylines of Levent and Maslak.

Reaching Camlica is easy: there are many public services, but the easiest way is catching a taxi directly at the ferryboat station in Uskudar.

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The Fountain at the Baku Museum Center

Baku (Azerbaijan). When I enjoy some street photography and I try to capture images of people doing something interesting around me, I also like to imagine what they could think in that exact moment. And the same happens when I watch the shooted photos, as well as when I spend some time (not too much to be honest) in editing them.

Here I was walking around Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. It was a warm late afternoon and a lot of people were around walking along the nice corniche on the Caspian Sea. In front of a beautiful neoclassical building, there was an imponent and elegant fountain, and a young child was standing in front of it, almost hypnotized by the water flowing high in the sky.

I staid some seconds behind him, as said imagining what he was possibly thinking – or even dreaming, let me say. Everyone knows how much children can fly with their imagination, seeing what adults cannot see anymore… At the same time I captured this image, and the child’s silhouette helped me to give the idea of how big and imponent was the fountain.

It was a nice moment and today it’s still a sweet memory of few days spent in Baku for some meetings. And I’m happy to share it here on my blog with my followers.

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Filetto in Lunigiana

Filetto (Massa Carrara, Italy). Filetto is a lovely small town in Lunigiana, in the northern part of Tuscany. Filetto is one of the many places with a long history, and today it is also very popular for medieval markets and historical commemorations. The whole Lunigiana is worth a visit, I strongly recommend to base the tour in Pontremoli and to drive around these places.

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Landscape of Marrakech

Marrakesh (Morocco). One of the things I loved most about Marrakesh: the contrast between the old buildings in the Medina, and the minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque.

The firsts are decadent, without any sort of order, with parabolic antennas on the top which bring the observer to contemporary times (without them, I guess the Medina’s landscape is the same for very long times). The second one is fierce, elegant, massive: a reference point for everyone – believers or not, locals or tourists.

From one of the many terraces in the Medina, it’s possible to admire this landscape, sipping hot sweet mint tea and reading a book waiting for the wind to blow a bit. The perfect stop during the typical walk around Marrakesh: a city that requires long pauses for reflection to be lived and understood.


Marrakech (Marocco). Ona delle cose che ho amato di più di Marrakech: il contrasto tra i vecchi edifici della Medina e il minareto della Moschea Kutubiyya.

I primi sono decadenti, senza alcun tipo di ordine, e con antenne paraboliche sulla loro sommità che riportano l’osservatore al tempo attuale (senza di loro, secondo me il panorama della Medina sarebbe lo stesso da molto tempo). Il secondo è fiero, elegante, imponente: un punto di riferimento per ognuno – credente o no, turista o locale.

Da una delle tante terrazze nella Medina, è possibile ammirare questo panorama bevendo del dolcissimo tè caldo alla menta e leggendo un libro in attesa che il vento soffi un po’. Uno stop perfetto per una tipica passeggiata per Marrakech: una città che richiede lunghe soste di riflessione per essere capita e vissuta.

 

 

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