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London City’s Skyline

London (UK). One thing I love about London is its skyline. First of all, every time I watch and photograph it, it’s always different – with new buildings and shapes. But also because the sky of London – with its colours and clouds – is an amazing background, which emphasise the futuristic skyscrapers (among others, the newly built “Shard” and the Gherkin) and the old silhouette like the St. Paul Cathedral.

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Alfama District in Lisbon from the Pool at Memmo Hotel

Lisbon (Portugal). Alfama is the oldest and probably the most characteristic district of Lisbon: it goes from the Tejo river up to the Sao Jorge Castle, and it is today a very popular touristic attraction. Every day, thousands of people come here – most of them with the popular tram number 28 – and walk up and down this picturesque labyrinth made of narrow streets, small squares and cozy restaurants playing fado.

The thing that impressed me most, and that I tried to capture when I was contemplating the landscape of Alfama at the beginning of sunset, is the perfect coexistence of sumptuous and elegant churches emerging from a dense jumble of roofs and terraces (the typical “miradouro”). This strong contrast in my opinion represents the true essence of Alfama, a sort of DNA of this district, which went – in the years – through opposite periods. In fact, if during the Moorish domination the Alfama was corresponding with the whole city, with the later expansion to west the district started its decadency and became inhabited mostly by poor people and fishermen. With the devastating earthquake of 1755, the Alfama was not affected and it was therefore preserved by any activity of reconstruction, keeping its original urban texture. With the recent renovation of old houses and with an activity of deep restoration, the Alfama is today one of the most vibrant part of Lisbon, populated both by locals and by foreigners.

I captured this image from the poolside on the roof of the Memmo Alfama Hotel, the first boutique hotel in Lisbon: a perfect terrace where to enjoy a drink watching one of the most popular and spectacular view of the Portugal’s capital.

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Garibaldi Station (Back to Milan)

Milan (Italy). Here we are… holidays are over (you will see some photos taken during my summer vacations here soon, don’t worry!) and I’m back to Milan.

Maybe you noticed a low activity on my blog during the last three weeks: only three posts… it’s a shame! I will do my best to remedy 🙂 For the time being, let’s warm up with a new – albeit taken some weeks ago, in July – photo of Milan. It’s the new skyline with the Porta Garibaldi train station, taken from the bridge of Via Farini at sunset. Here, you can see some of the newest architectures characterizing Milan: from the “Bosco Verticale” to the “Unicredit Tower” and the new “Lombardy Tower”. If you are interested to know something more about the new skyline of Milan, you can read this post here.

So, nice to see you here again! It will be a very intense year, with many new posts to be shared!

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Watching the Moskva River

Moscow (Russia). Although my trip to Moscow was limited to the very short timeframe of a weekend, I’m still editing and blogging photos about it: this confirm that the amazing capital of Russia has so much not only to see, but also to “live”…

What does it mean?

Whenever I travel, I try to understand the place where I am in two different ways: one is through my eyes, watching everything around me. The other one is through my soul, imagining how it can be living there. In this respect, photography is the perfect “tool”. In fact, if through my lens I can use my third eye to watch everything around me, editing my photos (especially some days later I captured them) is a way to – let me say – contemplate a place in a much deeper way, re-living the experience of being there with a more reflessive and intimate spirit.

Interestingly, it can happens that I would not live in amazing cities simply because they have stimulated only my eyes and not my soul. Or – sometimes – I’m perfectly comfortable in (and I find much more inspiring) places objectively less “glittering” or popular, but with a true soul.

I was thinking about this when I was photographing this large barge transporting sand along the Moskva River. It was a Saturday morning, it was cold – as it can be in Moscow in November – and the wind blowing along the river was causing me some pain to my fingers. However, I felt something of magic in that moment: simply, I understood that I was falling in love with Moscow…

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A Good Reason to Bring My Leica with Me at Work (Paris Nanterre from La Defense)

Paris (France). Friends and colleagues find amusing that I always bring one of my photo-cameras with me, even regardless the fact that sometimes I’m a bit overloaded. But when out of my window there’s a sunset like this one photographed here, I’m sure that I’m right…

I was at La Defense some days ago, and this is the view from my office’s window (which luckily is pretty clean). I love watching this type of urban landscapes from such a high position: they make me feel incredibly small, just a drop in a sea of people. Behind every small window there’s a person, a life, a work, an activity… I find it extremely motivating and involving, and this is the perfect feeling – for me – to decide catching my camera and taking a photo.


Parigi. Gli amici e i colleghi spesso si divertono del fatto che mi porti sempre dietro una macchina fotografica, anche in considerazione del fatto che qualche volta sono in effetti un po’ sovraccarico. Ma quando fuori dalla finestra c’è un tramonto come questo fotografato qui, mi convinco che ho ragione io…

Ero a La Defense alcuni giorni fa, e questa è la vista che c’è fuori dalla finestra del mio ufficio (che per fortuna è piuttosto pulita). Amo osservare questo tipo di panorama urbano da una posizione così alta: mi fa sentire incredibilmente piccolo, una goccia in un mare di persone. Dietro ogni piccola finestra c’è una persona, una vita, un lavoro, un’attività… Trovo tutto ciò estremamente motivante e coinvolgente, e questo è la sensazione ideale – per me – per decidere di prendere la mia macchina fotografica e scattare una foto.

 

 

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Cena Con Me

Milan (Italy). Imagine… thousands of people attending a dinner without knowing anything – really anything, including the location – since few hours before the scheduled time. Only few rules, being the most important one on the dress code.

White!

Yes, this is the spirit of Cena Con Me, an event I already photographed a couple of years ago, but that every time is a surprise. The organizers create the event on Facebook and collects the requests. Then, it communicates the location (in Milan) 5 hours before the time. Since that moment, people start collecting all the items prepared in the past weeks and gather to the selected place.

It happens therefore that a pacific place suddenly becomes a mess: a “white wave” made of people, tables, chairs, plates, glasses, balloons, candle holders, flowers, accessorizes… everything is rigorously white.

Beyond the color, there are few more basic rules: respecting the location leaving the place as it was before the event – therefore carrying away any sort of garbage; and closing the event at midnight.

Under the tag “Cena Con Me 2017” I’m posting some photos of the event. The location is Piazzale Giulio Cesare, the heart of City Life, a very interesting new development, with the amazing skyscrapers of Zaha Hadid and Arata Isozaki in the background.


Milano. Immagina… migliaia di persone che partecipano a una cena senza sapere niente – ma veramente niente, compresa la location – fino a poche ore prima dell’orario programmato. Solo poche regole, tra cui la più importante riguarda l’abbigliamento.

Bianco!

Si, questo è lo spirito di Cena Con Me, un evento che ho già fotografato in passato un paio di anni fa, ma che ogni volta è una sorpresa. Gli organizzatori creano l’evento su Facebook e raccolgono le richieste di partecipazione. Successivamente, comunicano il luogo di svolgimento (a Milano) 5 ore prima l’orario programmato. Da quel momento, la gente inizia a prendere tutte le cose preparate nelle settimane precedenti e a ritrovarsi presso il luogo stabilito.

Succede quindi che una piazza tranquilla diventi improvvisamente un caos: una “onda bianca” fatta di persone, tavoli, sedie, piatti, bicchieri, palloncini, candelabri, fiori, accessori… tutto è rigorosamente bianco.

Oltre al colore, ci sono poche regole di base: rispettare la location lasciando il posto come lo si è trovato prima dell’evento – quindi portando via ogni tipo di rifiuto; e chiudere l’evento a mezzanotte.

Con il tag “Cena Con Me 2017” posto alcune foto dell’evento. La location scelta quest’anno era Piazzale Giulio Cesare, nel cuore di City Life, un nuovo sviluppo urbano molto interessante, con sullo sfondo i bellissimi grattacieli disegnati da Zaha Hadid e da Arata Isozaki.

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Cena Con Me

Milan (Italy). Imagine… thousands of people attending a dinner without knowing anything – really anything, including the location – since few hours before the scheduled time. Only few rules, being the most important one on the dress code.

White!

Yes, this is the spirit of Cena Con Me, an event I already photographed a couple of years ago, but that every time is a surprise. The organizers create the event on Facebook and collects the requests. Then, it communicates the location (in Milan) 5 hours before the time. Since that moment, people start collecting all the items prepared in the past weeks and gather to the selected place.

It happens therefore that a pacific place suddenly becomes a mess: a “white wave” made of people, tables, chairs, plates, glasses, balloons, candle holders, flowers, accessorizes… everything is rigorously white.

Beyond the color, there are few more basic rules: respecting the location leaving the place as it was before the event – therefore carrying away any sort of garbage; and closing the event at midnight.

Under the tag “Cena Con Me 2017” I’m posting some photos of the event. The location is Piazzale Giulio Cesare, the heart of City Life, a very interesting new development, with the amazing skyscrapers of Zaha Hadid and Arata Isozaki in the background.


Milano. Immagina… migliaia di persone che partecipano a una cena senza sapere niente – ma veramente niente, compresa la location – fino a poche ore prima dell’orario programmato. Solo poche regole, tra cui la più importante riguarda l’abbigliamento.

Bianco!

Si, questo è lo spirito di Cena Con Me, un evento che ho già fotografato in passato un paio di anni fa, ma che ogni volta è una sorpresa. Gli organizzatori creano l’evento su Facebook e raccolgono le richieste di partecipazione. Successivamente, comunicano il luogo di svolgimento (a Milano) 5 ore prima l’orario programmato. Da quel momento, la gente inizia a prendere tutte le cose preparate nelle settimane precedenti e a ritrovarsi presso il luogo stabilito.

Succede quindi che una piazza tranquilla diventi improvvisamente un caos: una “onda bianca” fatta di persone, tavoli, sedie, piatti, bicchieri, palloncini, candelabri, fiori, accessori… tutto è rigorosamente bianco.

Oltre al colore, ci sono poche regole di base: rispettare la location lasciando il posto come lo si è trovato prima dell’evento – quindi portando via ogni tipo di rifiuto; e chiudere l’evento a mezzanotte.

Con il tag “Cena Con Me 2017” posto alcune foto dell’evento. La location scelta quest’anno era Piazzale Giulio Cesare, nel cuore di City Life, un nuovo sviluppo urbano molto interessante, con sullo sfondo i bellissimi grattacieli disegnati da Zaha Hadid e da Arata Isozaki.

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From the Boat Crossing the Bosphorus

Istanbul (Turkey). Crossing the Bosphorus – for hundreds of thousands of commuters every day – is just moving from home to office and back: it’s quite normal in a city with 15+ millions of inhabitants, and which extends itself along two continents… But if you are in Istanbul and you want to feel the spirit of the city, do not miss the opportunity to catch a boat (from Eminonu to Uskudar or Kadikoy, or vice-versa) and breath the sea-breeze. By crossing the Bosphorus you will be impressed by how the city can be different from that perspective point. No traffic (except maybe some seagulls), no noise, no pollution: it’s a sort of refuge, an escape way from the daily noise. And a wonderful point for capturing photos of Istanbul’s landscape.

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Lower Manhattan Skyline from Hoboken (New Jersey)

New York (USA). This is an old photograph – there’s the Freedom Tower still under construction, it was January 2013 – of Lower Manhattan at sunset captured from Hoboken, on the New Jersey’s side of Hudson River. To those travelling to New York and asking me some tips about what to photograph and especially from where, I always recommend this place. Especially in winter at sunset, when – although the biting cold – positioning the tripod along the river side and waiting for the best light is an authentic pleasure.

It’s a long time since my last post with a photo of New York, and unfortunately it’s a long time I do not have the opportunity to go there – one of the most beautiful places on earth. New York, for a photographer, is a magic place: I think it’s one of the few cities – together with some megalopolis – able to offer inspirations for every photography category. From landscapes to street photography; from architecture to museums; from nature to sky’s colors. It’s hard leaving New York without some outstanding captures. It’s hard leaving New York in general…


New York. Una foto piuttosto datata – si vede la Freedom Tower ancora in costruzione, era Gennaio 2013 – della parte bassa di Manhattan scattata al tramonto da Hoboken, sulla sponda dell’Hudson lato New Jersey. A tutte le persone che vanno a New York e che mi hanno chiesto qualche consiglio su cosa fotografare a soprattutto da dove fotografare, ho raccomandato questo posto. Soprattutto al tramonto in inverno, quando (nonostante il freddo pungente) è un vero piacere piazzare il treppiede sulla sponda del fiume e aspettare la luce migliore.

Era tanto che non pubblicavo una foto di New York, e purtroppo è tanto che non ho occasione di quella che ritengo essere una delle città più belle del mondo. New York per un fotografo è un posto magico: credo sia una delle poche città – insieme a qualche altra megalopoli – in grado di offrire spunti di ispirazione per qualsiasi genere fotografico. Dai panorami alla street photography; dall’architettura ai musei; dalla natura ai colori del cielo. Da New York è difficile tornare senza qualche scatto magico. Anzi, da New York è difficile tornare in generale…

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