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Dante, Leonardo and the Medici.
It’s been so beautiful visiting and spending time in Florence, that wait to write a blog and share the photos I took there, it’s a pity.
Worldwide Florence is considered an amazing place full of art and history and young artists come from everywhere to study or just to admire the beauty of it. Nothing truer than that. Since we arrive in our gorgeous hotel literally 1-minute walk from Piazza della Signoria, you get captured by the details, the art and the beauty of the old building. Palazzi as we calling them in Italy. It sounds better than just building.
Every street is crowded. People everywhere taking pictures, selfies, eating massive panini (we call it panino because is just one. Panini in my language is plural just to let the English reader acknowledge this fact. Joke) and licking beautiful, delicious ice cream enjoying the beautiful sun that broke the doggy weather of this year’s Easter holiday. You can walk everywhere and there is always something to frame and admire.
From the Ponte Vecchio on the river Arno, Palazzo Pitti and the gorgeous Giardini dei Boboli where you can enjoy a stunning view of the Città Vecchia (the historic city centre), the Duomo that to my eyes is the most beautiful cathedral I ever saw with an amazing combination of white, green and pastel pink marbles. Everything talked about art, smelled of history and I can imagine all those amazing artists that walked here through the centuries getting inspired by all this beauty.
People always taking picture of Nettuno from the front so I did the back too. I’m sure Bartolomeo Ammannati worked hard on the front as well as the back! Hope you enjoying it!
3 days aren’t enough for Florence considering that we also visited Camaiore, Pietrasanta and the sea that it takes just 1-hour drive from Florence. The magic of Florance and Tuscany spread to the whole region. If you want to have a good time and get lost in art and beauty I can suggest it. I Hope you will enjoy the photos as I hope you enjoyed this slightly longer story!
Dante, Leonardo e i Medici..
Visitare Firenze é stato emozionante, meraviglioso e pensare di dover aspettare a scrivere il blog mi sembrava un vero e proprio delitto. Firenze é considerata nel mondo una città meravigliosa piena di arte e di storia tanto é vero che giovani aspiranti artisti da tutto il mondo decidono di completare i loro studi proprio nella città dei Medici. Dal momento in cui siamo arrivati al nostro centralissimo albergo a due passi da piazza della signoria sei subito circondato dalla bellezza, dai dettagli dei palazzi antichi.
Le vie erano affollate di persone a scattare fotografie e selfies, mangiando mostruosi e gustosi panini locali e gelati in un soleggiato weekend a spezzare la monotonia del clima un pò pazzo delle vacanze pasquali.
Visitiamo il Ponte Vecchio sul fiume Arno, Palazzo Pitti e i meravigliosi Giardini dei Boboli da dove si gusta una meravigliosa vista della Città Vecchia, il Duomo che ritengo il più bello che abbia mai visto. Quel accostamento di marmo bianco, verde e rosa pastello é semplicemente meraviglioso. Ogni angolo, ogni dove parla d’arte, profuma di storia e non fatico ad immaginare come gli artisti passati per queste vie siano stati inspirati da tutte queste meraviglie nel corso dei secoli.
Siccome sono sicuro che Bartolomeo Ammannati ha lavorato duramente su entrambi i lati della statua di Nettuno ho deciso di fotografarli entrambi anche perché la gente si sofferma sempre e solo al fronte delle statue. Vi piace?
3 giorni non sono a sufficienza per visitare Firenze sopratutto considerando che abbiamo anche visitato Camaiore, Pietrasanta e i loro lidi che distano non più di un’ora di strada dalla città. La magia di Firenze e della Toscana infatti si espande a tutta la regione. Beh noi italiani conosciamo la bellezza del nostro paese (qui il post finisce diversamente dalla versione inglese) e se non siete stati ancora a Firenze o se come me avete aspettato 40 anni, non perdete tempo e andateci perché non ve ne pentirete. Buona visione.
A different Journey.
I’ve been quite absent from the blog and my stories and I missed look back at my unpublished pictures from my last few months and now, few days before Easter, I’m going to publish photos I took at Christmas time. They come from a different time I’m used to be in London as I was travelling back to Italy and so, on Saturday just before the days of celebration, I decided to take some extra time to get at the airport and walk in the early afternoon from London Bridge to Liverpool Streets stations. I’m not used having people around me when I’m shooting but it’s been really fun trying to think in advance how I could get some of them in it. With these long days and with more light throughout the afternoon, I might change my routine and to be completely honest sunrise it’s really early now! So please sit back and relax, enjoy the photos and let me know what do you think! Looking forward to hearing from you guys.
Un tragitto diverso tanto per cambiare..
É un pò di tempo che per diversi motivi sono stato distante dal mio blog e mi é mancato non poter guardare, selezionare e scrivere storie delle mie foto non ancora pubblicate, e così a qualche giorno dalla Pasqua andiamo indietro fino al Natale dello scorso anno. Di rientro in Italia per le vacanze natalizie, decido di fare un giro nel primo pomeriggio in un momento della giornata a cui non sono abituato, partendo da London Bridge fino ad arrivare a Liverpool Street. Avere persone attorno a me mentre fotografo é abbastanza inusuale per le mie abitudini ma devo ammettere che é stato anche interessante cercare di pensare in anticipo come usarle a mio piacimento. Le ore di luce sono aumentate ora e quindi mi divertirò a cambiare per un pò la mia routine fotografica alla scoperta della città in situazione diverse dal solito. Ora sedetevi e rilassatevi guardando le prossime fotografia e fatemi sapere cosa ne pensate. Vi aspetto!
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.
If you missed my last blog post Sometimes a photo is all about luck. What do you think? I don’t!. Feel free to catch up.
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.
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.