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.
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.
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
“Leggerezza”, or the lightness of being is one of my favourite pictures. It was taken in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milano in a sunny and warm summer afternoon. A physical and spiritual lightness.