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On The Train (Ferrovia Cumana Montesanto – Pozzuoli)

Naples (Italy). I love trains, I love catching and photographing them. From inside, windows are screen on the external world. From outside, they are slices of daily life.I like watching people on a train: I imagine their stories and their everyday routine made of commuting and waits. There are many photographic projects – some of them truly amazing – developed around a trip on a train: mine here above is just a photograph, taken several weeks ago at the Pozzuoli station (in the Naples province) just as I got off the Cumana line from Montesanto. Yet, still today I like watching it, observing people and trying to imagine for each of them, something about their own life.


Napoli. Mi piacciono i treni, mi piace prenderli e fotografarli. Da dentro, i finestrini sono schermi sul mondo esterno. Da fuori, sono spaccati di vita quotidiana. Mi piace guardare le persone sui treni: immagino le loro storie e la loro quotidianità fatta di pendolarismo e di attese. Ci sono innumerevoli progetti fotografici – alcuni davvero bellissimi – sviluppati attorno al tema del viaggio in treno: la mia è giusto una foto, scattata diverse settimane fa alla stazione di Pozzuoli (in provincia di Napoli) appena sceso dalla linea Cumana proveniente da Montesanto. Eppure ancora oggi mi piace guardarla, osservandone le persone e provando a immaginare per ciascuna di loro qualcosa sulla propria vita.

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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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Photographing Milan (Taking Off From Linate Airport)

Milan (Italy – but on the way to Paris, France). I’m a frequent flyer to Paris from Milan: usually, mine are just business trips, and unfortunately they are too short to let me walk free, photographing around Paris (the “Ville Lumiere”). For this reason, I normally don’t bring any of my cameras with me – except the Ricoh GR, which is always with me in my suit pocket.

However, some days before – when I was visiting a photographic exhibition – I noticed an old black and white picture of Milan, taken (I guessed) from an airplane. I thought at the end, that landscape deserved to be photographed, even for the simple purpose of documenting the urban development of probably the most vibrant and dynamic city in Italy.

So, while the plane was moving from the parking area to the take-off strip, I prepared my camera expressly brought to capture this image (for the occasion, I decided to use a Summarit-M 1:2.5/90 mm lens) and a few seconds after leaving the ground, I was at the to take aerial photos of Milan under me. And frankly speaking, considering the window (and the glass, which is not the highest quality one – in photographic terms), I think I can be satisfied.


Milano (Italia – ma sulla rotta per Parigi, Francia). Mi capita spesso di volare da Milano a Parigi: di solito si tratta di viaggi per motivi di lavoro, e purtroppo sono sempre talmente brevi da non darmi modo di farmi un fotografico per la Ville Lumiere. Per questo, evito di portarmi la macchina fotografica (giusto la Ricoh GR che ho sempre con me nella tasca della giacca).

Tuttavia, alcuni giorni fa mentre visitavo una mostra fotografica, ho visto una vecchia foto di Milano, in bianco e nero, scattata dall’alto (presumibilmente da un aereo). Ho pensato che alla fine, quel panorama meritava una fotografia, anche per il solo fatto di documentare il cambiamento urbanistico di quella che forse è la città più dinamica d’Italia.

E così, mentre l’aereo muoveva dal parcheggio alla pista di decollo, ho preparato la mia macchina fotografica appositamente portata per scattare questa immagine (per l’occasione ho deciso di usare un obbiettivo Summarit-M 1:2.5/90 mm) e pochi secondi dopo aver lasaciato terra, ero al finestrino che scattavo foto aeree di Milano sotto di me. E sinceramente, nonostante appunto il finestrino (il cui vetro non è certo della miglior qualità – in termini fotografici) penso di potermi ritenere soddisfatto…

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The Lonely Passenger (Photo From Reggio Emilia AV Mediopadana Station)

Reggio Emilia (Italy). A photograph quickly captured during a very short train stop at the “Reggio Emilia AV Mediopadana” station. As soon as I realised that the train I was travelling with, was stopping at the high speed train station Reggio Emilia AV (AV means “Alta Velocità“, which is the Italian for High Speed), I thought it was an unmissable opportunity. Indeed, all the times I pass from this station (or close to it, such as when I drive on the A1 highway, which runs close to it) I’m really mesmerised by its futuristic architecture designed by Santiago Calatrava: the sequence of 19 modules, each of them 25 meters long and made with 25 staggered steel portals (one per meter) generates a very peculiar structure – 483 meters long – which resembles a wave and that calls to my mind the famous Bridge of Aspiration in Covent Garden – London, which connects the Royal Ballet Upper School with the Royal Opera House.

Since I was just in transit, I knew I hadn’t enough time to prepare the composition and the framing: therefore, few minutes before the train stopped, I set the camera with the settings I thought correct, and I used the available time (less than a minute) to jump down, frame the scene, focus, shoot (with the train manager looking at me doubtfully) and return on the train before it was leaving. But I must admit I had fun, so much that I hope soon I can come here again to capture photos of this infrastructure, better if with more calm and with a different light. But to be a first and faint attempt, besides with few seconds available to prepare everything, I can say that for the moment I can be happy with the final result.


Reggio Emilia. Una foto scattata “al volo” durante la breve sosta con il treno alla stazione ferroviaria “Reggio Emilia AV Mediopadana“. Appena ho realizzato che il treno su cui viaggiavo si sarebbe fermato alla stazione di Reggio Emilia AV, ho pensato che si trattava di un’occasione che non dovevo lasciarmi scapapre. Infatti, le varie volte che sono passato da questa stazione (incluse quelle in cui l’ho costeggiata in macchina lungo l’autostrada A1) sono sempre rimasto molto affascinato dalla sua avveniristica architettura progettata da Santiago Calatrava: la sequenza di 19 moduli, ciascuno lungo circa 25 metri e formato a sua volta da una serie di 25 portali di acciaio sfalsati e distanziati tra loro di circa 1 metro (per una lunghezza complessiva pari a 483 m) genera una struttura molto particolare, del tutto simile a un’onda e che mi ha ricordato per certi aspetti il celebre Bridge of Aspiration di Covent Garden a Londra, che collega la Royal Ballet Upper School con la Royal Opera House.

Visto il fatto che ero in transito, non è cha avessi molto tempo per studiare la composizione e l’inquadratura: di fatto, poco prima che il treno si fermasse ho preparato la macchina con quelle che pensavo fossero le giuste impostazioni, e ho sfruttato il minuto scarso a mia disposizione per saltar giù, inquadrare, mettere a fuoco, scattare (con il capotreno che mi guardava dubbioso) e risalire sul treno prima che questo ripartisse. Ma devo dire che mi sono divertito, tanto che spero in futuro ci sia modo di tornare a fotografare questa infrastruttura, magari con più calma e con una luce diversa. Ma per essere un primo timido tentativo, oltre tutto con pochi secondi di preparazione, diciamo che per il momento posso ritenermi soddisfatto.

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Hope (Canzo-Asso Station)

Canzo (Como, Italy). Hope was the first word that came to my mind when I saw this yellow flower coming out from the rails of the Canzo-Asso train station. For this reason I decided to lay down on the ground with my camera putting my lens at the same level of this flower, and capture this photo. Now that I’m watching it (without post-procession, just very little adjustments) I can only confirm the same word: hope. Because when you see what the nature can do – such as creating a flower from the arid and hard soil of a railway – you understand that beauty can be every where. And this is what hope means to me, not only as a photographer but also as a human being.

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Paris Gare du Nord Train Station

Paris (France). I have always had a special feeling for train stations. It’s a feeling coming from a mix of interests: I like trains, I like watching people, and I like observing the architectures. For this reason there are some places that I consider “magic”. One of them is the train station “Gare du Nord” in Paris. Although its architecture comes from mid of the 19th century, this place is still one of the most crowded station of Paris (well, to be honest with its 190 millions of passengers, it’s the most crowded station in the whole Europe and the second one in the world after Japan!). High speed trains (the international Thalis and the national TGV) depart from here to many destinations, including the north of France but also London, Amsterdam and Cologne.

When I took this photo it was Friday afternoon: I guess that the majority of people going to jump on the train were commuters going back home for the weekend. I liked to stay for quite a long time with my back leaning against the lamppost, trying to be invisible and – most important – sturdy in the middle of this people’s “flow”. I used a wide angle lens (at that time I was travelling with a Fuji X-T1 camera coupled with a 10-24 mm lens) to emphasize the beauty of the large truss sustaining the ceiling.

Now, every time I go to Paris (especially if I catch the RER B going from CDG Airport to Chatelet) I consider to stop at Gare du Nord. Beyond the perfect mix of interests mentioned at the beginning of the post, this place is also a great location for street photography – although the recent terrorism alerts (vigipirate) are creating some problems to photographers…

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Our Life Is Very Much Like the Movie Playing On the Screen

Naples (Italy). Life can be lived in many different ways. Mine is watching – and photographing – around me. Because wherever I go, there’s always something interesting to observe. Here I was in Naples, at the Montesanto train station. My attention was on the train waiting to leave at the opposite platform of mine: just few seconds to take the camera, focus the scene and capture this image. That’s it.


Napoli. La vita può essere vissuta in diversi modi. La mia è vissuta guardando – e fotografando – attorno a me. Perchè ovunque io vada, c’è sempre qualcosa di interessante da osservare. Qui ero a Napoli, alla stazione ferroviaria Montesanto. La mia attenzione era sul treno che aspettava di partire al binario opposto al mio: sono bastati pochi secondi per prendere la macchina fotografica, mettere a fuoco la scena e catturare questa immagine. Tutto qui.

 

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Erode (Heroes of the Chennai Central Railway Station)

Chennai (India). Let’s step back to 2012! Photography is a sort of time machine for me, and surfing through my archive is an incredible source of memories…

Some 4 years ago I was in Chennai, a large Indian city on the east coast of the country (the name of the region is Tamil Nadu, to be more precise). It was Sunday morning, I had just finished an intense week of studies (I was in Chennai because at that time I was attending an executive MBA, which was including modules from different cities around the world) and my flight was scheduled for that night. So, I was completely free for some hours: what a fantastic opportunity for taking some photos!

I immediately started thinking about a possible destination for an interesting shooting, and – damn! – there wasn’t any better place than the train station! When I asked to my tuk-tuk rider to bring me to the Chennai Central Railway Station, he was a bit surprised of the fact that I was travelling without any luggage (only my camera backpack) and I guess he did not understand my intentions. After I paid him, he showed me the main entrance smiling at my excitement. In few minutes, I was in the station’s main hall, consulting the train table to choose the most “inspiring” platform for my photo-shooting session.

My straightforward decision was for the most crowded platform, where there wasn’t the train yet: I supposed people were waiting for boarding, and I was right. When “Erode” (this is the name of the train, I guess from the namesake Indian city 400 km south-west of Chennai) arrived, people started pushing each others to board, in a very disordered but nice situation.

I took this picture in that exact moment…

Interestingly, the name “Erode” comes from Greek, and it means “descending from heroes”: to be honest, I think that the true heroes here are those travelers who are boarding on what apparently will be a very crowded train!

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