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Git Türkiye, Git! (Go Turkey, go!)

Istanbul (Turkey). This is the photo I have chosen to symbolise this 1st of November, a crucial day for Turkey, which will elect – For the second time in few months – its Parliament. I took this image almost one year ago during the Vodafone Istanbul Marathon, therefore long time before the current tough situation; but it came to my mind in these days, and I decided to post it tonight – just before the polls opening.

Why I’m finding this photo symbolic? Because I see in it exactly the situation that Turkey is living right now: the man with the flag represents the Country, which stands up agains the flow of events (alias people) coming against him.

Loving Turkey as if I were born there, I can only hope that this man will remain well stable against everything and everyone; so that the Turkish flag he holds in his hand can continue to wave proud of its glorious story.

Git Türkiye, git! (Go Turkey, go!)

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One More Photo From The Istanbul Marathon

Istanbul (Turkey). In these days I’m posting many photos about the Vodafone Istanbul Marathon (they are all collected under a common tag). The reason is simple: I have lived in Istanbul for many years, and the marathon is one of the best event for capturing very interesting photos; not only of the city – although the landscape from the Bosphorus Bridge is quite extraordinary – but also of people, which gather on the bridge to walk freely and enjoy an unusual Sunday morning.

And – as a photographer – I think that the best observatory point is exactly the mid of the bridge between the two traffic lanes. Well, I admit one reason is due to my addiction for symmetries. But it’s not only for that: I also love to see the human flow coming toward me and observe every single person, alone or in a group. In the behavior of them I try to understand their relationship with the city and, in a wider view, with the whole country. As I already wrote in one of my previous posts about the Istanbul Marathon, the bridge – which normally is a “transit place” to connect two continents – the day of the marathon becomes a gathering place, the place-to-be where people meet “to-be-there” and externalize their feelings, emotions, sentiments, passions and so on.

This Sunday morning Istanbul will meet on the Bosphorus Bridge (the first one). It would be a mistake not being there…

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Thomas Demand – Grotto Process 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 represents the Grotto Process (Processo Grottesco): in order to realize the photographic work “Grotto”, Thomas Demand studied and reproduced a 3D model of a grotto using many layers of cardboard, which “simulate” the geologic stratification, including stalactites and stalagmites (in the lower left corner of the image, the stratification of cardboard layers is pretty evident). The final photo (displayed at the entrance of the room) demonstrates how something perceived as real, at the end is unreal and artificially reproduced.

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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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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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Fishermen Putting Out to Sea At Sunset

Dubrovnik (Croatia). Is there a word – in any language – that describes the sense of summer given by a winter day exceptionally warm? I’m thinking about a possible neologism able to summarize this feeling, which more or less has been experienced by everyone as soon as daylight becomes longer, winter moves closer to the end and, most important, temperatures become more acceptable, almost pleasantly mild. “Summarization”? Not yet; damn, it will be summer in so many months… Dewinterization? Neither, it sounds ugly… Animals have “to emerge from hibernation”, which could fit with what I want to mean: definitely they are one step ahead us!

However, I think it’s pretty clear this was my feeling yesterday: in fact, with a nice sun shining and a perfect temperature (considering it was the last day of January) I had in my mind and in my body the feeling it was finally time of “emerging from hibernation” And apparently I was not alone, since there were all around a lot of people walking, jogging or simply enjoying open-air time: so nice!

Once back home after a healthy run around the park, my positive mood brought me to surf and explore through my photographic archive, just to find an unpublished photo from the last summer and to prolong the nice feeling described above. As I always like to realize, watching my old photos is somehow like re-living the moments when I captured them. And I perfectly remember the situation behind this photo…

It was during last summer: I was going to Dubrovnik – a lovely town in Croatia and one of the top ranked places to see in 2016 according to many travel magazines – and a wonderful sunset was coloring the sky with a warm mix of orange and pink. As I was approaching the harbor, I crossed this fishing boat putting out to sea. I have always had a special interest for fishermen: even when I was a baby, one of my dreams was spending one night on a boat watching fishermen pulling the nets out of the sea. However, it remained a dream, but maybe one day it will become a nice reportage.

With this photo, I try not only to extend the nice mood I have been having since yesterday – although today it was foggy and cold, unfortunately – but also to spread out a bit of optimism saying to all my followers that, sooner or later, summer is definitely coming and this is one of the few certainties I can count on.

 

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The Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in Paris

Paris (France). There’s a very nice and characteristic place close to Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. We can even say that although it’s in the heart of one of the most touristic and crowded part of the city, it’s a sort of “hidden gem”. Im talking about a very old bookstore where you can go, read, stay, relax, seat and even sleep! It’s name is “Shakespeare and Company Bookstore”. For those who do not know the story, a first Shakespeare and Company Bookstore opened in Paris in 1919, but it was closed during the German occupation. However, a second one was opened in 1951 near the cathedral of Notre Dame, and it’s still  there.

There are so many stories about this place! I recommend to read about Shakespeare and Company on the web before visiting it. You will discovery that it was also the spot of several movies, for example. Today – as said – it is a bookstore (mainly of 2nd hand english books) and a place where you can stay “far from the madding crowd”.

P.S. Unfortunately, it’s forbidden taking photos inside this place. I stole this image because I could not resist… Don’t blame me: “Photographing Around Me” means literally photographing what I find interesting when I’m somewhere, even at my own risk!

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