Tuesday, 29 October 2013

What it will be?


What it will grow trees and happiness? An Italian songwriter writes in his song. Is there any other place rather than nature where you could find peace and happiness? 

This is one of the few places where I find relief, silence and walking barefoot in the garden is a real feeling.



Saturday, 27 July 2013

Megisti-Castellorizo

The way back starts on a ferry, leaving Castellorizzo, once called Megisti.

An other beauty of the Mediterranean sea, a Greek island, but closer to Turkey, where houses have an Italian facade and people are often from much further places.

I can't hide that we went there thanks the beautiful movie "Mediterraneo", directed by Gabriele Salvatores. The movie tells the events of a funny and scruffy troop of Italian soldiers that intends occupy the island, thankfully with very poor results.

Islands, however isolated, are always been the passage of new cultures and costumes, but also war and abuses. In fact Castellorizzo has often changed flag, as it used to be Italian, for a while French and also British. Although the island experienced different dominations and a terrific fire, has never changed its colours, the blue of its sea and the green of its flora.

Between jasmine tree and buganville the life is simple, nothing closer to our times, actually it seems to travel back in time. There you realise that we don't need much to live.

Kids play by the edge of the port, probably as fifty years ago, simple games bonded with nature and the landscape.

While the ferry heads north, i am still surrounded by the big blue.

I will miss it here.




Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Winters

I am just outside Shoreditch tube station, it's a regular day in east London, black cabs, bikes, buses hit the road under the usual grey sky. I am going to apply for my visa, I pass trough the lively streets of the east-end, bars are crowded, my first step to a further EAST.

A walk on the edge between two beautiful Italian regions, Emilia Romagna and Tuscany, silence and nature bring us to untouched places. It's nearly the end of the year, the mountains's peaks are white and touch a blue sky that we very rarelly see in The Big Smoke(London).

Again walking and walking trough Arbatskaya, I arrived, I am in the heart of Moscow. The city is hard, cold, people run from one place to another with indifference, wrapped up in their heavy coats. I constantly talk with people, although very few speak my language, anyway it's always a surprise, a new story. Living an other city, an other story.

Those winters are almost gone, I am now heading for a brighter chapter.






Sunday, 24 March 2013

Dies Irae. Paolo Pellegrin.


I felt that i had to share this beautiful thought found on the book DIES IRAE by Paolo Pellegrin-for the unlucky ones who don't know him-here the biography.
This is just a small piece of a very interesting interview/discussion with Roberto Koch(Contrasto founder) and I strongly believe that those sentences should be stick in every photographers's mind.
  
"Ever since I began working in photography in the early nineties, I've heard about this golden age, which is that of LIFE. 
But personally, during the nineties I did very little work for newspapers because I was still in a self-imposed training phase. It's a phase, apart from the rest, that's never completely finished and I imagine that will continue forever...It's just about trying to find my own voice and let it become a written photography. In this sense, I happen to think of photography as foreign language. Learning to connect with this voice and speak through photography, learning to express oneself through this language-listening to the rules and to instincts at the same time-is something and complex. The question isn't how to take good photos, It's how to take good photographs that succeed to do a number of things simultaneously: to document, to transmit information, and to strike emotion chord. Initially I studied architecture, then I took some photography courses and then I put myself through a period of eight, maybe ten years of rigorous training where i had to learn to express myself in this language of photography.
For years i worked on this-on the gaze, vision-shooting by day and printing by night."
PP 



Friday, 11 January 2013

Москва-Moscow

I wouldn't start the year in a better way. My last experience in Moscow it's been intense and full of emotions, photographing and exploring a new world. I have walked trough the cold night and day
to see more, to know more. To live.


Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov-Moscow 2013.





Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Sole di Settembre

Beautiful September. The sun is still hot while the first rains arrive, the great change of nature. We head the cold, we leave behind the fatigue of a year preparing for a new begin.

 




September 2012. Trapani, Sicily.



Saturday, 6 October 2012

Viaggi in Emilia

Old country houses sit on the vast flat green fields that surround beautiful ancient cities, filled with history, culture and LIFE. 
This is a series of photos took during my recent trips to the region of Emilia Romagna, situated in the north of Italy. There are countless reasons to love such place, and definitely one of those it's the food.