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Pino Pascali – Pinne di Pescecane at Fondazione Prada

Milan (Italy). Yesterday I finally had the opportunity to visit the newly opened Prada Foundation (Fondazione Prada) in Milan – Largo Isarco, 2. The Foundation is hosted in a former industrial site, amazingly redeveloped and reconverted in spaces for exhibitions and cultural activities. It includes also a very trendy bar, designed by the popular movie maker Wes Anderson (author of “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “Grand Budapest Hotel”, just to mention some among his most popular movies).

I promised to myself that I will come to visit the Prada Foundation again soon to take photographs specifically of the buildings, the interior spaces and the architectures (only these things alone are worth a visit). The photo posted here – together with the other two linked at this tag – has been taken inside the “Cisterna” (cistern), a huge building divided in three parts and hosting the temporary exhibition called “Trittico”. Trittico envisages “a dynamic display strategy” and is made by “three carefully selected works from the Collezione Prada, installed at a time and periodically rotating” (from the official website). The name of this installation is Pinne di Pescecane (Shark Fins) by Pino Pascali: five shark fins made of painted canvas on wood. A pillar of his “finte sculture” (fake sculpture), where the term “fake” invites a more nuanced reading, with the animal shape intended always as part of a concealed whole which is left to imagine.

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Tbilisi (Georgia). Tonight I had my dinner at a restaurant in Tbilisi. The place had a great view on one of the most symbolic landmark of the city: the Bridge of Peace. This bridge was designed by the Italian architect Michele de Lucchi, and more than one time I left the table to capture some landscape photographs. At the end, back to the hotel and developing the photographs, I could not decide if I was preferring the view at sunset, with a warm orangish sky; or at dusk, with some lights on; or at night. At the end, I decided to upload all of the three versions of the same landscape. It’s not a time lapse, but it gives the idea…

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A Walk Around Castello di Vertine

Castello di Vertine (Italy). Hidden among the typical hills of Tuscany, this little gem – Castello di Vertine – hosts its visitors with lovely narrow streets, a nice bar & restaurant, an ancient church and its original medieval walls. It’s easy to reach Castello di Vertine: it’s close to Radda in Chianti, between this one and Gaiole in Chianti. All around, vineyards and famous farms producing the excellent Chianti wine.

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Waiting for Boarding at Kadikoy Iskelesi

Istanbul (Turkey). Some days ago, I was browsing a set of photographs taken last December in Istanbul, during a solo walk around Kadikoy (a popular district on the Asian side of the city, which was counting more than 520,000 people in 2012). I found this photo posted here above particularly interesting and representative: it has been taken at the Kadikoy Iskelesi (the harbor of Kadikoy), a very chaotic transportation hub. Here, every day, thousands and thousands of people – from Kadikoy itself, but also from its neighborhoods – come and go using taxis, dolmus (a typical multi-sharing taxi service), buses and boats: it’s easy to imagine the continuous human flow!

When I took this photo, I was just disembarking from the ferryboat coming from Besiktas, another populous suburb (on the European side). There was a “human wall” pushing me from behind, so I had to be particularly fast to compose the image and shoot! From inside the big waiting room, another large mass of people was waiting for boarding to cross the Bosphorus strait, and I was impressed by their faces against the main doors patiently looking at us.

I thought that this was one of the many double-faces of Istanbul. This wonderful city is normally described as “a city across two continents” in the romantic acceptation of the term – and me too, I’m comfortable with this. But for the same reason, it’s also “a city living on two continents”, which means limiting daily movements, enlarging the distances among people, complicating what – in other places in the world – is the so called “daily routine”.

But Istanbul takes large part of its charm in its many contrasts; and within this photo I could capture one of them. Ah, sorry for explaining this, maybe I should let the observer arrive to the same conclusion without my help…

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