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Why do we love photography?

I started to ask myself this question many years ago when photography started to be a real deep love for me. My journey went from film to digital and now to mobile and who knows what else in the future as at this point of technology I don’t know where we will be. But this is not the point of this post. The question is simple. Why do we love photography? What makes this beautiful art so special?We are living in a society that believes it’s really important to have thousands of followers, that influencers are teaching you how to live, dress and anything else you can think of. In photography, there are so many redundant photos, styles and it seems to me that everyone or at least a lot of us is looking to achieve someone else style. I might be the worst, simple, boring photographer or artist in the world considering what you get on Instagram but I do realise at some point that I don’t care at all. I love photography because no one is telling me what to do.
I love photography because I’m not obsessed with copying anyone.
I love photography because I just love to press the button when I see something that makes me feel good. And I love photography now more than ever because I win the battle against the boring argument about who has the biggest camera in the bag. Who has the best lens, the best accessories. I have already the best accessories available. My eyes, my brain and my heart that make me see fractions of life, landscape and moments around me and I use my phone to frame them in a photo that someone maybe like or maybe not.

At the end I just love photography.

Hope you will enjoy some photos From Italy.

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Early morning, long walk and great fun shooting!

Recently I finally devoted my Saturday morning to photography and I’m really enjoying this beautiful routine. Waking up at 5 am is difficult sometimes, but as soon as you are on the road, walking up and down looking for things to frame, you will forget that you been up since early hours. The weather isn’t always nice, sometimes is sunny, sometimes is cloudy and sometimes is even worse or useless but at the end who cares. You plan a route and then you have to change it at the last moment just before you get on the train. But that’s fun, is healthy, is creative and what’s cool is learning to get the best from every situation. I have several projects in my mind that I would like to develop in the near future, but at the moment I’m enjoying a bit of street photography. Shooting with the iPhone is different from a DSLR because you have to think in a different way to achieve the same result you had in your head. Is challenging but it also rewarding. Once I read an interview of the great Stephen Shore and he said that his smartphone is the best camera because its fit in his pocket and then is the best camera. I can’t agree any less with him. My iPhone is always with me, my moment lens in my bag and the rest well it’s in my head and all around me. I hope you’ll enjoy the following photos from a Saturday morning in central London.

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The magic of Black and White

Is not easy to find words for every blog post. It’s a challenge every single time. Said that this post is about doing photography with my iPhone. I decided last year to dedicate myself to mobile photography for different reasons. Mobility, portability, the challenge just for say some of them. I’m pushing myself even further and I’m dropping the DXO One to concentrate just on iPhone photography and focusing just telling stories as I see them. I don’t want to worry anymore about megapixels, which camera is best etc. I’m carrying just my iPhone and I’m shooting for the sake of the essence of it. In my bag (a new colourful fancy new bag) I have now just portable lenses for the iPhone from an amazingly fresh, young company called Moment. Can’t wait to start with it. For now, I hope you will enjoy these photos I took my iPhone 7 Plus in London 2 weeks ago.

As the tile suggest the following are just black and white and I’m honest with you, I found the iPhone working really well for the way I feel and see photography.

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Clapham here and there.

If you are like me, loving wake up in the morning when the sun is rising and get out of the bed to spend an early walk through the city you will appreciate these photos I took last week in Clapham. I always blame myself for setting the alarm too early. The first eye open and the other is thinking about it. You realise it should be time to move on, one leg after the other but they move slowly just because I’m still not entirely convinced if should I wake up and go out.

But then when I’m out there a really nice walk through the fresh air of the morning, the early touch of the sunlight on your face that is still sleepy, change everything somehow. Shoot after shoot your senses come to life, your attention to details focused and then you start to enjoy the day and the empty streets, that slowly are getting busier. Earlier commuters going to work, trucks delivering foods and whatever shops need for the day ahead. Life is rising.

Clapham is a wonderful area of London, just south of the river and you can’t love it. It’s full of gorgeous shops, coffee bars etc.

Let have a look at some photos I took back last week and I hope you’ll enjoy them.

P.S. I’m still working on my writing, grammar and English but I hope that these posts are starting to make sense to you.

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Italy. It’s just beautiful. Part TWO

Memories, postcards, people walking around you taking photos. In this second part of my post dedicated to my beautiful country, I want to take you around Santa Margherita Ligure, Portofino and Camogli. Colours are all around you when you walk to Portofino. Blue, yellow, green. The smell of the sea, the sound of waves smashing against the rocks and on the beach.

When you walk just above the road that leads to Portofino for the first time you wonder what you would get once you there. There is this gorgeous path under the trees and you walk through shadows, sun shining over your head. It’s so beautiful. Then when you get there you see what’s all about.

Tourist everywhere looking around for the best spot to frame in their memories shoot on their latest smartphones. All the restaurants that 1 hour earlier were all empty with the waitresses wondering if at least one person will guest at their table, are now busy taking care of the customer. Spaghetti and seafood. This is it. This is the only thing you want to eat there right? Portofino in its small building and spaces it’s so gorgeous, romantic and it still looks a postcard of memories from the ’50s.

But Portofino is not the only pearl. Camogli it’s also a wonderful place. To be fair you can be surprised from this small beautiful corner on the sea.

I talked too much right now. Let’s enjoy some pictures now.

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Italy. It’s just beautiful. Part ONE

When you travelling back to your beloved country an emotion is always growing deep down inside you. You reconnect with your family, parents and friends but on top of everything you reconnect and spend time with the person your love. If you adding to all that a wonderful time spent in Liguria discovering wonderful places like Santa Margherita, Portofino and Camogli you can’t ask more then that.

Santa Margherita Ligure is a wonderful town where the sea is crystal blue, with wonderful marine life to admire. Sea stars, beautiful tiny fish swimming in groups in those wonderful water. We spent 3 great sunny days walking around discovering places, restaurants, little markets where you can buy amazing handcraft gifts. Anyway in this first post I’m going to show you some black and white pictures I took during these days of fun, rest and amazing time.

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It’s all about colours!

Hello everyone hopes you are all good. What a week here in London with a lot of snow whitening the whole city. I’m here to talk and share with you my latest work discovering the latest addition to my photography equipment. I bought them from GOBE that is a filter manufacturing company founded by to amazing guys that wanted to do something good for our amazing earth while doing something for us. So when you buy filter you contributing to plant new trees. That’s so cool and I did my part. 17 trees will be planted. So so cool. So I bought two sets of filters. Gradient and normal coloured. For now, I tested and had fun with the normal coloured version. Yellow, Red, Orange, Green, Blue and Grey.

💛 Yellow. I love it, it is so far my favourite. You get in return a natural vintage feeling in street and documentary photography. It absorbed blue and It also transforms that into green hue. Love it. Have a look at the following pictures.

❤️ Red. Oh wow, red literally blew me away and it is my second favourite filter. It absorbs blue and green and if you will use for black and white photography it will enhance blacks. If you use in colour photography. Well, you can see for yourself. What you get in return exploring and experimenting it’s absolutely cool and crazy. You can picture yourself into a blade runner style world. It’s absolutely crazy.

🧡 Orange. I wasn’t sure at first what I could get in return but when by the time I started to get deeper I started to appreciate it. Like the red work well in black and white but you can get for sure enjoying it with colours subject too. It all depends how far you want to push your photography.

💚 Green. On this was a true discovery. I love it so much. It absorbs red and blue but it makes everything so interesting. A true sci-fi looks into my eyes. Maybe just to me?

💙 Blue and 🖤 Grey. Ok. I’m not totally sold yet but I think because I didn’t use them properly. There are a lot of over casting of magenta with the blue filter, but for sure I’ll figure it out how to manage and get the best in my photography. Of course, I have to test all of them with a landscape in the future with also the gradient version.

I need a filter adapter with my DxoOne due to a different thread but it works and it going to give me a lot of potential exploring and cross the line of creativity that I always want to bring to new limits. Anyway. I wrote too much now. It’s time to stop. I think I might have bothered you too much 🙃

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South Kensington. Finding something you didn’t notice yet.

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” – Ansel Adams

I think these words from the great Ansel Adams worth more then any words I can try to put into something interesting to read. Since I completed my journey I found myself enjoy Instagram and in general social network more that I could even imagine. I’m also enjoying an interesting reading about Instagram and it’s artists thank to a wonderful present last Christmas.

Last Sunday I enjoyed a nice walk in South Kensington looking for nice spots to frame in a picture and I choose this area because of Instagram. I really enjoy looking for inspiration because it’s also a challenge. Can I find something that is not been already shoot? Can I do better? Or they will be again the same boring photos and the same boring post. Well…

And to be honest if you look deep, very deep, London is offering so many things that aren’t been notice yet, that aren’t been shoot. I’m lucky enough I can enjoy photography in the way I’m doing at the moment. Turning into a mobile photographer for me has been a kind of salvation. I know it sounds an exaggeration but to be fair for me it was. Write a post 2 days after I took these pictures? It would never happen before. Again this is just for me.

The only problem I have at the moment is defining if these are street photography or just photography. Mmmmmm it doesn’t metter right? They are just photos of things that capture my eyes and my imagination. Of course you can also following on my Instagram and of course I’m hoping you are all going to do it and you will start to follow me there too. Why not?

Anyway at the end I hope you enjoyed these pictures. I know I have to work on the text content but let say: be just patient with me as I’m sure I will improve it even if our focus here is photography. So let’s have look to some other photos and I’ll see you next time. Thank you all to waste a moment of your time and to like this post.

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