Solar Tree

Nightlife At Piazza Gae Aulenti in Milan

Milan (Italy). I love my Ricoh GR! The purpose of this blog is not reviewing (and promoting) cameras, lenses or other photographic equipments: if you have been following me for time, you probably noticed that there are no advertisements or links to sellers here. However, I must say that the Ricoh GR camera is a great tool if you want to have fun walking around (I mean, without the specific intent of taking your camera bag and walking around for photographing something). Just bring it with you – as a phone, it perfectly fits in your pockets – and I’m sure that each time you will find at least a good reason to use it. Someone says that a camera-phone is more than enough, but I totally disagree: for me there’s no better than ta Ricoh GR.

Ok, back to this post: last Sunday I was walking around Milan, just to breathe some fresh air at the end of a very hot and humid day. I headed to Piazza Gae Aulenti, a modern and interesting area in town recently re-designed and hosting intriguing architectures. There’s a “futuristic” fountain, with coloured water jets surrounding the “Solar Tree”, a lamp designed by Ross Lovegrove for Artemide. I thought that a long-exposure photograph was a nice way to represent the atmosphere there, with people looking in a certain sense like ghosts, as if the hotness was making them “evaporating”. This is the final result: not my best photograph – I know this – but for sure something that a camera-phone will never let me shoot (and – most important – something I liked to do).

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Milan (Italy). Piazza Gae Aulenti and its new architectures are characterizing this (today) fancy part of the city. The impressive Unicredit tower, designed by the architect César Pelli (the same of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, just to give an idea) surrounds the square, where the “Solar Tree” – designed and realized by Artemide – illuminates the place with its eco-sustainable light. Few meters from there, the newly inaugurated “Bosco Verticale” (vertical woods) designed by Boeri Architects, with its characteristic trees populating the facade.

It seems people appreciate this new corner of Milan and come here for a walk, an ice cream or the typical aperitif.

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