freezing rain

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.

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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.

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

solitude

Solitude is a recurring subject in street pictures. People wandering within the city or sitting on a bench or in remote corners, people who apparently live in the emptiness having no emotion or purpose. People resting, or laughing, or eating, or playing.

poverty

People living under the poverty level, refugees and immigrants, street beggars, lonely and homeless people in downtown Milano

Milano is a crowded, polyglot, grossly unequal city. Many foreign immigrants and italian people live under the poverty line. Refugees and illegal immigrants croud the train stations or the streets of the luxury and fashion districts begging for money or selling counterfeit merchandise. The city is not adapting to new waves of immigrants and people tend to defend against them.