RER B at Drancy (from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris)

Paris (France). I have been using the RER B between the Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) and Paris downtown for some years. Every time I try to find a window seat because I like watching the city’s “banlieu” (the periphery), how it progressively changes getting closer to the heart of Paris, how people live and work in those neighborhoods, so different from the city I’m approaching. It gets easily something like a movie, being the window a large screen…

Sometimes through the window I like to shoot some photos: just random captures of stations and people – if any – waiting for their train, talking each other, playing with their phones or listening to some music. There isn’t a specific idea behind this action of photographing something which is totally decontextualized (does this word exist?) from my usual style. Or maybe the reason is exactly this: trying to describe the unknown, eventually working with my fantasy to build a story behind each situation.

The result is a set of just random shoots of what I see, linked each other only by the fact that they have been captures on the RER B from Paris, Aeroporte Charles de Gaulle and Paris Chatelet des Halles.

Here I was stopped at Drancy station, for example. I like people the architecture of the station, with its geometries, and the man climbing the ladder to leave this place. Everyone is free to find her own story behind this situation. I already have mine…

I will consider shooting some more photos in the future.


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Love Locks (at Passerelle Leopold Sedar Senghor)

Paris (France). Paris is widely recognized as one of the most romantic cities in the world, and this is something of easily understandable. What I honestly still do not understand, is why people declare their love putting a lock on the railing of a bridge and throwing the key into the river

Some months ago, Pont des Artes was temporarily closed to go under maintenance and to remove tons of so called “love locks”, which were compromising the stability of railings. Now, the new place where to hang love locks is the Passerelle Leopold Sedar Senghor. It’s the same situation: locks sellers all along the bridge (they also offer to their customers the possibility of writing their initials with a pen) and thousands of locks all along the railings.

My question is still the same: if love ends, does one of the two come, find and remove the love lock?

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Getting Used to This Landscape (Long Shadows at La Défense)

Paris (France). Here I’m one more time on my way to Paris La Défense. Today is rainy, so I went through my photo archive and I found this image taken the last week when the weather was definitely much better. When I captured this photograph, it was early morning and the sun was rising up, shaping long shadows on the Esplanade de la Défense: another place for my personal collection in “chiaroscuro” (after Venice and Milan)…

As written in the title, “I’m getting used to this landscape”, but I can’t complain of it of course! And – as stated many times – this offers to me great stimulus to bring one of my cameras (in this case, the small powerful Ricoh GR) always with me. But beyond this, I want to share some thoughts about “getting used to” something…

Time ago, I noticed an interesting quote. Here’s what it was saying:

The hardest thing about getting over someone is getting used to them not being there, because it goes from talking everyday, to nothing…

I think it can be easily transposed from people to places:

The hardest thing about getting over someone a place or a landscape is getting used to them not being there, because it goes from talking photographing them everyday, to nothing

How many places around the world are worth “getting used to them” because of being there? In other words, how many places around the world I would like to photograph forever? Is there any “cross” subject that I could photograph independently on how my passion for photography is mutating?

It’s definitely not an easy question, especially considering how my personal relationship with photography changes constantly time after time…

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The Falling Tree (Somewhere out of Paris)

Somewhere out of Paris. It’s funny when, for an entire day, your office becomes the side of a small lake, positioned somewhere close to Chaumes-en-Brie, more or less 70 km south-east of Paris. Is there any better opportunity to take picture half decadent (the tree) and half optimistic (the green all around)?

Da qualche parte fuori Parigi. E’ divertente quanto per un giorno il proprio ufficio diventa la sponda di un piccolo lago, collocato da qualche parte vicino a Chaumes-en-Brie, più o meno a 70 km sud est di Parigi. Quale miglior occasione per scattare una foto tra il decadente (l’albero) e l’ottimista (il verde circostante)?

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A Storm Is Coming Over Paris

Paris (France). This photograph here shows how was the sky over Paris today: although landing at Charles de Gaulle Airport was a bit “tough” due to strong winds and heavy rains, I must admit that once arrived at destination, these thick and dark clouds were pretty impressive. Impossible resisting from photographing such an amazing landscape!

It’s not the first time I write about the sky of Paris, and I’m firmly convinced that it’s one of the most beautiful and surprising sky I have ever seen. It is – let me say – “charismatic”. Yes, this is the most suitable definition: the sky above Paris is charismatic. I like this sentence, I will very probably use it again soon…

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