Few days ago I happened to stop in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, in Milano, and watch a photo shooting session with a model wearing wedding dresses. The Galleria has a beautiful light in sunny days because of the colour of its glass roof and the marble floor has nice decorations which provide reflections ranging from pale brown to red and blue. The model stunned with her beauty. She was very tall and blond haired. Lots of people were standing around her but she posed and moved and walked very easily following the photographer’s instructions.
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.
“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.
Atmosphere, light, sound of Duomo and surroundings, where Milano becomes a village