venice carnival 2017

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.

the pianist in the fog

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.

puppeteers

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.

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the wet rose

This red rose had been left behind and inserted on a grating to wither under the heavy rain .

Roses are life and soul of every event and they are symbol of love, passion, devotion, acknowledgement, thankfulness.

 

emporio armani

The huge advertising installation of the Emporio Armani fashion brand is a fascinating site in the Brera district of Milano.

George Steinmetz, the great National Geographic photographer, was here around 1992 or earlier and took this picture.steinmetz-1992Nothing has changed, apparently, in these 24 years