How to show a city’s soul?

A few days ago.

I’m in Rome…two days… a little tour de force of exploration and street photography among a steady stream of tourists, trains confined to 28th track of the enormous Roma Termini train station, the sweltering heat and torrential rains.

Not really relaxing.

While wandering totally random for 90% of the time, i try to snap as much as possible to extrapolate as much as possible from this city that’s so dense and full of things to see that you’re overwhelmed, especially if yours is a pure and simple hit and run…it’s just a bite and it almost seems as a walk in the middle of a movie set.
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STREET\ At close distance…

Takin’ photos in a bus can become problematic if you are not confident enough or you don’t have the right spirit to get involved in a closed environment, in close contact with the subjects without the possibility of escape. It’s a normal behaviour …it happens…there are good days and bad days and you feel it even more when you have to raise the bar and go in close contact with strangers. Even today, i always experience fear of the bad days, when raising the camera becomes almost impossible and you’re always two feet too far.

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STREET \ Small details for great stories

Street photography can also stimulate the imagination…MUST stimulate the imagination. That’s why it should not be limited to street portraits or pure documentation of an event…or just to stories that you can read well. As a street photographer, you can also leave the action in the hands of the beholder, intriguing and taking it to the branch of pure imagination .

For example, think about of those photos…not really surreal photos but that contain small pieces and details of a story … and only those.

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A man with a horseshoe in his hand in the middle of the city

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VAREDO \ SNIA COMPLEX, NATURE VS. CONCRETE

Il punto più alto (tranne la ciminiera)

the highest point of the complex (leaving aside the chimneys)

The SNIA industrial area is like a small city inside a city and it is placed across the towns of Varedo, Limbiate and Paderno Dugnano…yes…it’s really big…abbandoned in the middle of dying grass fields, Chernobil vegetation and crap of all kind. It’s a ninety years old ecological monster, one of the biggest industrial complex on Lombardy, that gave work to thousands of people, working 24h non-stop, day and night, poisoning the earth, the air, the water and now that it’s just an old ruin, the nature is taking its revenge.

Natura contro cemento

Nature vs. concrete

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MILAN \ DESIGN WEEK AND STREET

The intention was to take it easy on Sunday, with no rush from stand to stand but going around quietly in a mix between my two passions , street photography and design…both in Tortona Road, Milan, a place that I’ve always seen as the heart of “Fuorisalone” and home for penniless designers…those who bring from home their banquet and three prototypes finished the night before.

But…no.

Trains on a 24 hours-long strike on Saturday, from 9:00 PM…i was lucky because my friend from Milan called saying “Trains are on a 24 hours-long strike on Saturday, from 9:00 PM” … and buses are going on strike too… and bikes as well and my car did not want to be and i didn’t want to drive it and so i decided to do a rush at Fuorisalone on saturday, all on the run, all in the name of looking at half of the stuff and at half of the mixture of populations that for a week becomes citizien of Design City.

Via Tortona diventa un fiume di gente

During the Design Week, Tortona road is flooded by people…

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