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Infinite views. We can all be superhero’s

Jack was looking for someone in trouble, or maybe he was Robin thinking how to collect money for people in need. This is what I liked to think of this guy when I was standing far from him so he couldn’t catch me taking this photo. I like to think he was going through a personal journey searching for the mean of life. He couldn’t see yet. He couldn’t realise that a warrior was hiding inside him, but if our shadow reflects who we are, I’m sure this is what Jack was. Continue reading

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Before it’s too late. August and September.

I was writing a new post, and I realised something was missing. A huge gap in my stories from August to September, so here we are with a recap of what we were missing.

It wasn’t a productive period because of the busy time at work and didn’t have many opportunities to go out on Saturday as usual but instead, I used the free time to rest and relax.

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Stratford and Olympic village through my lens.

London for a photographer is fascinating because you will never get bored with it. There is always somewhere to go, something to shot, something to discover about the big city.

I have never been in northeast London and Stratford was a great discovery and I enjoy walking through the Olympic area full with people jogging, walking, dads with their kids. Full of life, no matter was early in the day. The area is still booming since the London Olympic Games with loads of building and improvements all around.

Walking through Westfield feels like to be into another city. Coffee shop, barbers, shops and so much to view.

London Stadium it’s massive, the aquatics centre it’s a beauty of curves and lines play in harmony with the early sun.

The Hertford Union Canal has been an interesting exploration too up and down discovering nice spots and situations to frame, bicycles, chairs, reflections and so much more to end with a walk at Victoria Park and all around back to Stratford station.

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My side of the story. What’s yours?

A story, it’s the view that the writer wants to share with the reader, but what’s making a story special isn’t just the inner reaction you get out of them, but for me how a story can be re-imagined from your audience while they are going through your words.

An early morning can start with a newspaper on your front door to go through yesterday news with a warm and a smoky cup of coffee on your kitchen table. Or someone has left it the night before from some Londoner commuter, on their way back home stuck in a gate.

Walking up and down London streets allows you to create your stories. Someone just wakes up to have breakfast and someone is going home after a long night or just after an early walk like me.

Or maybe she went out to get fruits and vegetables at the local market, but it was too early.I’m walking on my way from London Bridge to Waterloo and fortunately, I’m not driving low in fuel. I’m not sure this pump would help but for sure it makes me feel in the eighties and on the other side of the road I can see the big hope, the big dream because in this mad world, fortunately, there are people believing things can change.20 could be just a number. For someone, it’s an important date, for others it’s a reminder and for was a great coincidence. Maybe I wasn’t the only one that notices it, especially with those giant pairs of glasses. For, sure the master chef didn’t as it was so busy and concentrated on his job. Ok, my imagination is going further now.But it’s time go back home. Someone is taking a call. Could be a friend, a wife, a boyfriend who knows. I’m waiting for my next train to Victoria and I’m wondering what are they thinking. They are strangers to each other, but they can be friends that just had a fight and now are upset with each other. You make your own story while you read this new post and if you are new to my website, please let me say.

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Destination? Coté d’Azure …

I’m so late in writing my posts then now deep into the autumn it’s a good thing to remember those hot days in the sun in South France. Menton has been my holiday place for the last 20 years and even if is not Italy we love it.

I was waiting for my delayed flight as if is something new, and while I was having dinner, I was a thinking being at the airport is always such a fun moment. People phoning all the time. I have been a witness of an Italian family of 3 all down into their phone whiteout sharing a word for at least 20 minutes.

I’m thinking of a project thinking about it. So much to do!!!

I love Black and White as you all know but there are colours to share to in this post. I hope you enjoy them.

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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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2018 resolutions: what I will do of my photography?

That’s it. A new year again and this one coming is a big one for me. I’ll be turning 40 and wow I’m leaving that time of your life where you’re building your future. Do you know what? I’ll still be doing that. Funny isn’t but I discovered that I’ll never stop to build my future. 😬 And for some reasons it’s fun and it keeps you young 🤔 or this is what I want to believe.

I already talked in 2017 about my journey to re discover the real love and passions in photography and how I help myself to rise again from the darkness of creativity time. To be honest it took a while. First I move myself into a mobile workflow thanks to my new iPad Pro 12.9 2nd generation and second I move from my beloved Fujifilm X-Pro 1 to my new love. The wonderful DXO One that combined to my iPhone7 Plus changed the way I shoot, organise and adjust my photography. I did go back to RAW to be honest thank to that, because the DXO One not only save a JPG in your iPhone Photos but you can also easily transfer RAW versions and then with Affinity Photo, Polarr or Lightroom I can develop them and retouch if I really need (this is still something I’m working on). I’m not and I’ll never be a huge fan of spending, wasting to much on my time on the iPad or to much do to much retouch as I prefer spend more time shooting but in this new workflow I found myself comfortable again.

But this is not the subject of this new post. What I’m going to do this year? Where I’m going to take my photography and creativity. For sure I’m going to move forward from where I ended 2017, shooting as much as I can and more hopefully more creative. This is something easier since the DXO One and I wish to show some of these shoots.

The DXO One is really an interesting camera and it is helping me to explore my creativity a lot more. I don’t know yet the reason why this is happening but it is. I spent some time last year deciding if I wanted to buy lenses for my iPhone or the DXO. Eventually I ended up with the second and I’m really happy. Next step is to expand my accessories bag and have more fun. I already ordered while I’m writing this post the original polariser and the filter adapter. I’m also looking to use my Lee filters with it especially when out shooting landscape, but they aren’t designed for this camera so I need to figure out how to use them.

I have few ideas for projects I would like to run during this year and that I care, and for sure they will be posted here but also on my social. Talking about social I have some goals I want to set too. Also post a lot more about photography, I’ll share a weekly post collecting my Instagram to keep everyone update and start a weekly episode called #throughbackthursday. Instagram at the moment is going well. At this time I have around 730 followers and my bar for this 2018 is set to reach 1,000 by the end of the year. If I’ll more well even better. Facebook is also doing well with about the same number of followers. Twitter is a platform that I love but it is also difficult to gain followers or at least it is for me. About 80 at the moment and is not an exciting number like Instagram for sure but I know how different is the audience and how difficult is to build it. But let see. And of course my website that at the end of 2017 I left behind thinking to move mainly on social network and posting just on my Facebook pages but due to recent changes in Facebook algorithm about Pages I decided to taking back my personal website on board and to do it really seriously. The bar is pretty high because my goal for it is to reach the same level of popularity I had in Italy about 7 years ago when I was mainly known as The Italian Photographer.

Oh and of course I’ll keep reading to improve my writing and make more sense with my English to make sure this blog and website will be enjoyable, fun and interesting.

Well for now, I think I wrote to much and I’m sure I have annoyed you 🙃 so I’ll stop and I let you enjoy some other photos I took with the DXO in 2017 and let see how amazing this 2018 will be.

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