Venice carnival 2019

Still another visit of Venice for me in the Carnival season. This time I was in this magical city in the early days of the two-weeks traditional Carnival time, but masks were already there in a great number to be portrayed by lots of enthusiastic photographers. Each year I happen to visit Venice under Carnival, I feel newly impressed by the beauty of masks and of the people performing in the streets. The origins of venetian carnival are centuries old. It consisted in several weeks of festivity and fun in the whole city, during which people could indulge in music, dances and parties, barely working. Wearing masks and costumes made it possible for people to hide any differences of class or status, and it was even allowed to make fun of the aristocracy. The carnival became internationally famous and prestigious in the 18th century, when it reached its widest fame. At the end of the century, however, with Austrian occupation of the city, the tradition of wearing masks was forbidden. It was only in 1979 that the ancient tradition was restored, in the form still seen today. The pictures shown here were taken on february 23, 2019, around St. Mark’s square.

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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.

Train de MI

People, architecture, sound and mood of the largest railway stations in Milano: Centrale and Porta Garibaldi

The metropolitan area of Milano includes 23 train stations. The largest one, simply called “Centrale”, is a monumental building with spectacular arches and large halls adorned with sculptures, mosaics, and huge advertisement installations. Its architecture is a blend of Liberty and Art Déco but someone has defined it as Assyrian-Milanese, a mix of Babylon, Gotham City and ancient imperial Rome style. Thousands of people pass through Centrale every day. They are travelers or daily commuters, but also illegal immigrants and all sort of people wasting their time.

People

In-between and organic moments, nice light and unexpected compositions in portraying people in downtown Milano

Downtown Milano is a separate world inhabited by all kind of people.  People who are rich and poor, happy and desperate, noisy or quite, working hard or enjoying their time, sometimes begging for money or performing as street artists, but always looking very creative and inspiring