Nowadays, it is fairly common to see people looking at the screen of their smartphone while standing or walking in the street, or sitting in a bus or a train. They read or text messages, or view images or videos. Photographs are taken of everything and they contribute to a representation of one’s life in social media. Real life is increasingly perceived through the screen of electronic devices and we are taking pictures rather than living in the moment. As an experiment I tried to insert in a wide-angle photo the image of the screen of a smartphone. The focus is taken onto the phone thus the rest of the image is blurred. The picture as a whole induces a sort of surreality in the scene. This is somewhat like our new way of living: real things are only what we want to see through our technological devices. The rest of vision is blurred and out of focus because of our lack of interest on what is outside the screen.
milano central station
milano corso garibaldi
milano central station
milano via pecchio
milano galleria vittorio emanuele
A huge spot dedicated to street art has been opened in Paris in 54, rue de l’Evangile. It is called L’Aerosol and is located in a former shed of the SNCF. It is a true temple of street art that invites you to discover a colorful universe featuring a promising programming and many animations for children and adults. The place will be open until late January 2018. It has an outside space where walls are covered in ephemeral artworks, or there are walls still blank that other artists will come to cover up because this is how street art goes. In the inside there are additional walls painted illuminated by gorgeous lamps. Pictures taken on november 11th, 2017.
This is a selection of shots taken in the entrance of the undergroud station “Repubblica” in Milano, which is close to the main railway station. Urban redevolpment has been obtained by painting the formerly gray and dirty walls of the stairs. The mural paintings (murales) and graffiti are beautiful. Several other subway station in Milano have already been decorated by mural paintings. Pictures were taken using a fisheye lens to obtain the widest view in rather narrow spaces.
Misterious people hidden behind colorful carnival dresses and masks. Pictures taken on Saturday morning (“sabato grasso”) in the last weekend of the carnival season in the narrow streets of Venice and in Piazza San Marco. I prefer portraits or wide angle photos. Venice is a very unique place.
sea over the top
photographers gone wild
a sort of phantom
red prince and princess
against the sun
inside the café florian
single mask inside the café florian
red little madame
black and gold
A foggy sunday morning in Verona and a fortunate encounter in an almost empty Piazza delle Erbe. His name is Paolo Zanarella. Musician, composer, graduate in theology, part-time labour consultant for living, he carries his grand piano into all sort of public places (even hang up by a crane upon venetian canals), to perform among people and let people appreciate piano music.
Yesterday Milano experienced a morning of freezing rain. Ice formed upon the ground so there were icy roads and pavements. Raindrops became frozen and formed a sort of ice stalactites.
This wall painting is located right in front of the State University building in Milano. The translation of the writing on the top is ”in their desert we multiply adventures and resistances”. (the sense of “resistenze” is not clear; in my opinion it means the capacity to cope with life challenges). The picture would refer to the puppeteers (burattinai) of modern society: high finance, (fear of) death, and evil. On the floor there is an out-of-use pay phone. A man looking at his smartphone is leaning against the wall, the unaware victim of the puppeteers.
Milano is full of graffiti. Some are very good.
nel loro deserto moltiplichiamo avventure e resistenze
alzaia naviglio grande
porta garibaldi train station
piazza della scala
milano, quartiere barona