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martedì 5 novembre 2013

''Before You, Santa Claus, Life was like a Moonless Night"

Things can be beautiful, or feel beautiful.

To me, these simple photos of northern Italy by Italian photographer Andrea Alessio feel beautiful enough to pierce the heart, because they feel like home. They are home.

These pictures are currently at Micamera, in Milan.

giovedì 11 luglio 2013

My first experiments with street photography

I have always liked street photography, and in general photos of people. It's fascinating to capture glimpses of the lives of passers-by, and somehow it makes me feel at home in the world, because everywhere you look you will find signs of connection and love: friends talking, people holding hands or kissing, people and their pets. Warm looks and sudden smiles. Yesterday I decided to overcome my shyness and try my own street photography shots.

And if you just stand in one place and wait, great photo opportunities will just bloom all around you: a little girl sitting on an empty staircase, a family of four all holding hands, a couple meeting, a man standing and waiting in the hall of the central metro station..... and last but not least, kind seagulls flying through the square, turning an otherwise boring photo into something alive and beautiful in its suddenness.

sabato 22 giugno 2013

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.”
― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

domenica 9 giugno 2013


Orhan Pamuk, Nobel laureate and Turkey's most famous writer (and one of my absolute favorite writers) praised the protesters for defending the park, a popular historical landmark as well as one of the last green spots in the city.

"Seeing that they will not easily give up their memories gives me hope for the future," he wrote.

The protests in Turkey are much beyond defending a park. They are a cry for radical changes towards freedom. I truly, truly hope they will bring new light, and not too much hurt.

“I don't want to be a tree; I want to be its meaning.”
― Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red

domenica 2 giugno 2013

Nicoletta Ceccoli

Nicoletta Ceccoli is an Italian illustrator born in San Marino in 1973.
Her works are inspired by classical fairy tales and are characterized by surreal and unsettling atmospheres. Her female characters look melancholic and frozen in their apparent innocence and fragility. They are exquisitely delicate and beautiful.
Watching her pictures is not always a visual experience: they envelop you in their white, frosty, dreamlike silence.