Aug 13, 2017

August in Rome

Via del Corso, Rome, 2014

Ostia Antica (Rome), 2017

Aug 12, 2017

August in Rome

Via Marghera, Rome, 11 August 2017

Aug 11, 2017

Cats

A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not” ― Ernest Hemingway

What greater gift than the love of a cat” ― Charles Dickens

Of all God's creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat” ― Mark Twain

I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior
― Hippolyte Taine

Aug 8, 2017

Cats

"I collect records. And cats. I don't have any cats right now. But if I'm taking a walk and I see a cat, I'm happy" - Haruki Murakami

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Aug 3, 2017

August in Rome

 “All the technique in the world doesn’t compensate for the inability to notice” – Elliott Erwitt


Aug 1, 2017

August in Rome

"Every year, August lashes out in volcanic fury, rising with the din of morning traffic, its great metallic wings smashing against the ground, heating the air with ever-increasing intensity" -  Henry Rollins

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Jul 31, 2017

Country road at night

"It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness" - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Ostia Antica (Rome), Italy, 31 July 2017

Jul 30, 2017

About Photography

The less gear you use, the more you grow as a photographer. Although there are fewer options available, you'll find more creative ways to capture what you feel! In a way, all your technical options before turn into creative solutions that improve your photography even more” ― Marius Vieth


Jul 28, 2017

The black and white cat

“There are two means of refuge from the misery of life... music and cats”  ― Albert Schweitzer


Jul 27, 2017

Pastori d'Abruzzo

Poesia di Gabriele D'Annunzio

PASTORI D'ABRUZZO

Settembre. Andiamo è tempo di migrare.
Ora in terra d’Abruzzo i miei pastori
lascian gli stazzi e vanno verso il mare,
vanno verso l’Adriatico selvaggio 
che verde è come i pascoli dei monti.
Han bevuto profondamente ai fonti alpestri
ché sapor d’acqua natia
rimanga nei cuori esuli a conforto,
che lungo illuda la lor sete in via.
Rinnovato hanno verga d’avellano.
E vanno pel tratturo antico al piano
quasi per un erbal fiume silente,
su le vestigia degli antichi padri.
Oh voce di colui che primamente
conobbe il tremolar della marina!
Ora lungh’esso il litoral
cammina la greggia.
Senza mutamento è l’aria
e il sole imbionda sì la viva lana 
che quasi dalla sabbia non divaria.
Isciacquìo, calpestìo, dolci rumori,
ah perché non son io coi miei pastori?


Rosciolo dei Marsi (Abruzzo), Italy, July 2017


Jul 26, 2017

Al Fiero Abruzzo

Poesia di Gabriele D'Annunzio

AL FIERO ABRUZZO

Mentre a ’l bel sole de ’l novello aprile
ridono e terra e mare,
e fra’ capelli un zefiro gentile
mi sento folleggiare,
da questa balza che s’eleva ardita
ti guardo, o Sannio mio,
e in cor mi sento rifiorir la vita
con ardente disìo.
Via per l’azzurro tuo ciel radiante
volano i miei pensieri
sì come una fugace e gorgheggiante
torma d’augelli neri;
e le vigili strofe intorno intorno
mi guidano una danza,
le strofe ch’io con tanto amore adorno,
che son la mia speranza.
Ah sì, le calme de ’l tuo ciel divine
mi fecero poeta,
i sorrisi d’un mar senza confine
là tra la mia pineta:
tra la pineta mia dov’ho passati
i momenti più belli,
dove ho goduti i miei sogni dorati
e i canti de gli uccelli;
dov’io disteso su l’erbetta molle
mille volte piangendo
ho rimirato il sol che dietro a ’l colle
si nascondea fulgendo,
o un nuvolo leggero e luminoso
natante via pe ’l cielo
ne l’ampio plenilunio silenzioso
come un argenteo velo;
dove ho provate voluttà sì strane
i murmuri ascoltando
de’ vecchi pini, a cui da lunge un cane
rispondeva latrando,
o la solenne musica de l’onde
che increspandosi appena
venian soavi a le ricurve sponde
a ribaciar l’arena…
E con serene ebrezze la speranza
ne ’l core mi fioria,
mentre i sogni superbi con baldanza
puërile inseguia…
I miei sogni di gloria e libertate
per l’azzurro fuggenti
come una schiera di fanciulle alate
o di meteore ardenti!…
Or co’ giovini mandorli fioriti
a ’l sol rïapron l’ale
gli entusïasmi splendidi sopiti
ne l’inverno glaciale,
e ti mando un saluto, o Sannio fiero,
senza nube d’affanni
con tutto il foco prepotente e altero
de’ miei diciassett’anni!…
Veggo di qui le tue selvagge vette
radïanti di neve,
da cui si slancian simili a saette
l’aquile a l’aer lieve,
e la verde pianura co’ giardini
cui sorridono i fiori
che ne’ vesperi rossi e ne’ mattini
intrecciano gli amori.
Veggo i lavacri de ’l mio bel Pescara,
immane angue d’argento,
co’ i salci e i pioppi giù ne l’acqua chiara
inchinantisi a ’l vento,
con le crete de gli argini fiammanti
d’una follìa di gialli
che dànno a l’acqua tripudî abbaglianti,
splendori di metalli;
e là giù in fondo i colli di Spoltore
sorrisi da gli olivi,
dove le donne cantando d’amore
vanno a stormi giulivi…
Con quale ebrezza su’ tuoi lieti piani
sorvolo galoppando
a un’incognita mèta, i più lontani
orizzonti agognando,
sì come ne gli orrori de ’l deserto
il fiero beduino
tutto di bianco caffettan coperto
galoppa a ’l suo destino!…
Prendi! da l’imo de ’l mio giovin cuore
questo canto t’invio
o patria bella, o mio divino amore,
o vecchio Sannio mio!



Rosciolo dei Marsi (Abruzzo), Italy, July 2017

Jul 24, 2017

Abruzzo

Abruzzo  is a region of Italy in Southern Italy, divided into the four provinces of L'Aquila, Teramo, Pescara, and Chieti. Abruzzo borders the region of Marche to the north, Lazio to the west and south-west, Molise to the south-east, and the Adriatic Sea to the east. Geographically, Abruzzo is divided into a mountainous area to the west, which includes the Gran Sasso D'italia, and a coastal area to the east with beaches on the Adriatic sea. Abruzzo is considered culturally, linguistically, historically, and economically a region of Southern Italy, although geographically it may also be considered central. The Italian Statistical Authority (ISTAT) deems it to be part of Southern Italy, partially because of Abruzzo's historic association with the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.

Abruzzo is known as "the greenest region in Europe" as one third of its territory, the largest in Europe, is set aside as national parks and protected nature reserves: there are three national parks, one regional park, and 38 protected nature reserves. These ensure the survival of 75% of Europe's living species including rare species, such as the small wading dotterel, golden eagle, the Abruzzo (or Abruzzese) chamois, Apennine wolf, and Marsican brown bear. Abruzzo is also home to Calderone, Europe's southernmost glacier.

Visiting nineteenth-century Italian diplomat and journalist Primo Levi (to not confuse with the writer and survivor of the Holocaust, Primo Levi) said that "forte e gentile" (strong and gentle) best describes the beauty of the region and the character of its people. "Forte e gentile" has since become the motto of the region and its inhabitants

(From Wikipedia)

Rosciolo dei Marsi (Abruzzo), Italy, 23 July 2017

Jul 23, 2017

Key to success

"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful" ― Albert Schweitzer



Rosciolo dei Marsi (Abruzzo), Italy, 23 July 2017

Jul 22, 2017

Abstract

"Black and white is abstract; color is not. Looking at a black and white photograph, you are already looking at a strange world" ― Joel Sternfeld

Jul 21, 2017

Cats know everything

"You know what I should do?" Hoshino asked excited. "Of course," the cat said. "What'd I tell you? Cats know everything. Not like dogs" ― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the shore






Jul 20, 2017

Liberty style villas in Rome

Interesting villas and luxurious residences built in Liberty style, between 1890 and 1910, in Rione Sallustiano, XVII rione (district) in the center of Rome


Jul 18, 2017

Christuskirche

The Christuskirche is a Lutheran Evangelical church in Rome. It was built between 1910 and 1922 under direction of architect Franz Heinrich Schwechten, who also responsible for the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche in Berlin.

On 11 December 1983, Pope John Paul II visited the church and participated in an ecumenical service,[1] the first papal visit ever to a Lutheran church. The visit took place 500 years after the birth of Martin Luther, the German Augustinian monk who initiated the Lutheran reformation.

On January 14, 2015, Swedish actress Anita Ekberg's funeral Mass was held at Christuskirche.

(From Wikipedia)


Jul 17, 2017

On Photography

Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world” – Bruno Barbey

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Jul 16, 2017

On Street Photography

 “I only know how to approach a place by walking. For what does a street photographer do but walk and watch and wait and talk, and then watch and wait some more, trying to remain confident that the unexpected, the unknown, or the secret heat of the known awaits just around the corner” – Alex Webb

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Jul 15, 2017

On Photography

Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures” – Don McCullin


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Jul 14, 2017

Love Rome

"Anywhere I go, there is always an incredible crowd that follows me. In Rome, as I land at the airport, even the men kiss me. I love Rome" - Muhammad Ali


Jul 13, 2017

Rome, city of visible history

"Rome - the city of visible history, where the past of a whole hemisphere seems moving in funeral procession with strange ancestral images and trophies gathered from afar" -  George Eliot



Jul 12, 2017

Jul 11, 2017

Leave Rome as Queen

I had come to Rome in chains, but I would leave Rome a queen” ― Stephanie Dray, Lily of the Nile



Jul 10, 2017

On Photography

You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved” ― Ansel Adams

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