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Glimpse of Trieste

Trieste (Italy). When you say “Canal Grande”, people normally think about the Venetian one (which, by the way, I photographed not too long time ago). But there’s another Canal Grande, the one photographed here, which offers one of the nicest glimpse of Trieste. I like this city, thanks to its position – close to the Austrian and the Slovenian borders – and to its long history, it is able to transmit the feeling of a multicultural, multi-religion and mitteleuropean city. Just to mention an example: during the beginning of the XX century, Trieste was counting a large number of religions, as well as many different languages spoken in its elegant streets.

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The Slum Along the Mekong

Chau Doc (Vietnam). This is a slum – a very poor and overpopulated urban settlement – along the Mekong Delta, in Chau Doc. I went through it directly from the river. As I saw it, I was impressed by the colours of some clothes and towels hung out to dry. However, as I walked along the narrow pier connecting the river to the main street, I remember I could not believe how dark was that path – my eyes were blind and even my camera was not properly set for those conditions of very poor light. I found these two aspects quite symbolic of life in that place…

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Milan (Italy). During the Fuorisalone 2015 – the “unplugged” side of the Salone del Mobile – I had the privilege to meet Philippe Nacson. Well, I met Philippe in 2012 in New York, but it was a completely different context. Philippe comes from the finance industry, but recently he decided to change his life becoming a successful designer. This is the official website of Philippe: here in this post I share some “unofficial” and friendly photos that I took in this occasion.

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The Largest Free Pool in Paris

Paris (France). Here is how Parisians – and of course tourists – fight the heat wave striking Europe in these days of July 2015: transforming the big fountain at the Jardins Du Trocadero into the largest public (and free) pool in town. For sure, given its position and the view of the Tour Eiffel, this “pool” can be considered as probably one of the most exclusive in the world!

I have my personal concerns about the general hygienic conditions, but it seems that people are not particularly worried.

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(Just Another) Landscape of Florence

Florence (Italy). I guess you have seen this landscape of Florence several times: it has been taken from Piazzale Michelangelo (or Michelangiolo), one of the most popular observatory points around the city. What made me happy capturing this image, to be honest, is the fact that it has been made with 12 different vertical shots, merged together with Lightroom 6. I already tested this feature with an old sequence of photos taken at the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest, and I was very positively impressed by how fast, precise and easy to use it is. I guess I will shoot more and more panoramic photos in the future, hoping to enjoy again another beautiful landscape of Florence (and not only).

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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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The Hay Bale Field Under the Piagnaro Castle in Pontremoli

Pontremoli (Italy). I’m spending my weekend in Pontremoli: it’s always a “back to my roots” experience and I enjoy walking around the town shooting photographs. On Friday, I went along a field: there were some round hay bales and the sun was going down creating the perfect light conditions. The gold of the field was perfectly contrasting with the green of the wood in the back and the blue of the sky. On the top, the Medieval castle (Castello del Piagnaro) dominates the city with its massive presence.

For this photo I have chosen an old – but legendary – Nikon 55 mm f/1.2 lens: I love its manual focus and I think it’s a perfect companion for this type of situations, thanks to its versatility and quality.

I’m sure those who know Pontremoli will understand the point where I captured this image. To all the others: why don’t you come here and discover this place with your own eyes?

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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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