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Time to Say Goodbye – La Demolizione dell’Expo Gate

Milan (Italy). Expo Milano 2015 ended exactly one year ago, and the Expo Gate demolition has just begun. This large structure connecting Piazza Castello and Largo Cairoli was built to symbolise an access door to the Expo event and to the many initiatives related to it.

I photographed the Expo Gate several times (for example here, here and here) and all things considered I think it’s enough… it’s time to say goodbye, and to return watching the Sforza Castle without the futuristic frame of the Gate’s Pyramids.


Milano. Expo Milano 2015 è finito da esattamente un anno ed è finalmente in corso la demolizione dell’Expo Gate, la struttura che collega Piazza Castello con Largo Cairoli realizzata con l’intento di rappresentare una porta di accesso all’evento e alle numerose iniziative ad esso correlate.

L’ho fotografata diverse volte (ad esempio qui, qui e qui) e tutto sommato penso che tutto sommato può bastare così… E’ tempo di salutarlo, e di ricominciare a vedere il Castello Sforzesco senza la futuristica cornice delle piramidi di Expo Gate.

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Milan (Italy). Cenaconme (literally translated into “dinner with me”) is an yearly event in Milan: people get together to a place (the name is disclosed few hours before the event itself) with the rule of bringing with them a table, chairs, food, beverages and the total white dress code.

The event happened today in Piazza Castello, a very central square in front of Sforza Castle. I went there with the double intention of assisting to a unique event, but also to test my new Leica Q camera. This few photos have been selected to document the event…

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Time to Say Goodbye – La Demolizione dell’Expo Gate

Milan (Italy). Expo Milano 2015 ended exactly one year ago, and the Expo Gate demolition has just begun. This large structure connecting Piazza Castello and Largo Cairoli was built to symbolise an access door to the Expo event and to the many initiatives related to it.

I photographed the Expo Gate several times (for example here, here and here) and all things considered I think it’s enough… it’s time to say goodbye, and to return watching the Sforza Castle without the futuristic frame of the Gate’s Pyramids.


Milano. Expo Milano 2015 è finito da esattamente un anno ed è finalmente in corso la demolizione dell’Expo Gate, la struttura che collega Piazza Castello con Largo Cairoli realizzata con l’intento di rappresentare una porta di accesso all’evento e alle numerose iniziative ad esso correlate.

L’ho fotografata diverse volte (ad esempio qui, qui e qui) e tutto sommato penso che tutto sommato può bastare così… E’ tempo di salutarlo, e di ricominciare a vedere il Castello Sforzesco senza la futuristica cornice delle piramidi di Expo Gate.

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Curiosity

Milan (Italy). I captured this photograph today during my lunch break. I found the curiosity of this group of children for the fountain of Piazza Castello, something of very poetic. That’s it.


Milano. Scattata oggi in pausa pranzo: ho trovato la curiosità di questo gruppo di bambini per la fontana di Piazza Castello molto poetica. Fine.

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ATM Tram #1503 (Piazza Castello)

Milan (Italy). Winter sunsets here in Milan sometimes have such a beautiful light! When the sun goes down, the Castle’s Tower (Castello Sforzesco) first gets colored with a warm tone of orange, then becomes pinkish and finally, when being back-lighted, turns into a dark grey silhouette.

Some days ago, I tried to capture the shapes of the Castle and the trees against the blue sky. But when I noticed this old ATM tram at the stop, I thought that the warm orange of the coach together with people waiting inside were adding something to the general composition. It was a perfect situation for my Ricoh GR camera (always in my suit’s pocket) and this is the final result.

 

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La Vedovella del Castello Sforzesco, Milano

Milan (Italy). One – and probably the first – upside of having a photoblog in English, is that my posts are more or less accessible to everyone from different parts of the world. The problem comes when I have to translate something of “very local”, such as the word “Vedovella”…

Vedovella is the endearment of “vedova” (the English word “widow“) and here in Milan the term “vedovella” is used for the numerous fountains positioned all around the city (it seems there are some 500 fountains in Milan, as confirmed by this interactive map on line). The name “vedovella” is given by the fact that these fountains “cry” for the whole day, 24/7, exactly as a widow does (or is supposed to do). Another name used for these fountains is a more exotic “Drago Verde” (green dragon) for the shape of the faucet and the color of the body. However, I prefer the name “vedovella”, it’s much more romantic and poetic…

One of the things I love to do during my lunch break is walking around my office photographing all the interesting things around me (here’s the name and the philosophy of my photoblog). It’s a good excuse to move my legs, to oxygen my brain and to stimulate my curiosity – even for things that I have seen thousands of times – moving my concentration to something different than business. It’s not easy returning to work after this sort of evasion, but at least I enjoyed my lunch break much more than if I stayed at my desk working (as I’m going to do right now…)

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Milan from the Window of Tram n. 1

Milan (Italy). This photograph demonstrates – if necessary – that in every moment of the day there is an opportunity to capture an image (and how useful and handy is the Ricoh GR camera, which perfectly fits in my raincoat pocket and is ready to use in every moment).

Yesterday I was on my way home back from the office and I jumped on the tram n.1. It is definitely a very old but characteristic coach, which dates back around 1920 – 1930 but is now fully operating after a complete and renovation work. When I was sit on one of its wooden benches, I was thinking about how watching a city from the window of a tram is an amazing experience. If in Lisbon, the famous tram n. 28 crossing the Alfama district is one of the most popular touristic attractions, why it cannot be the same here in Milan? Not to mention how nice and interesting can be photographing life from and inside trams! I’m developing a specific project about it…

Here, the tram is crossing Largo Cairoli, moving from Foro Bonaparte to Via Cusani; through the window I can see the Expo Gate and the Sforza Castle in Piazza Castello.

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