Jul 31, 2016

End of July

“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls” ― Ted Grant

Jul 30, 2016


“You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way” ― Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Jul 29, 2016

Black and White

"Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected" – Robert Frank

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Jul 28, 2016

Street Photography

Street photography is photography conducted for art or enquiry that features unmediated chance encounters and random incidents within public places. Street photography does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban environment. Though people usually feature directly, street photography might be absent of people and can be of an object or environment where the image projects a decidedly human character in facsimile or aesthetic.

"The photographer is an armed version of the solitary walker reconnoitering, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voyeuristic stroller who discovers the city as a landscape of voluptuous extremes. Adept of the joys of watching, connoisseur of empathy, the flâneur finds the world "picturesque.""

The street photographer can be seen as an extension of the flaneur, an observer of the streets (who was often a writer or artist).

Framing and timing can be key aspects of the craft with the aim of some street photography being to create images at a decisive or poignant moment.

Street photography can focus on people and their behavior in public, thereby also recording people's history. This motivation entails having also to navigate or negotiate changing expectations and laws of privacy, security and property. In this respect the street photographer is similar to social documentary photographers or photojournalists who also work in public places, but with the aim of capturing newsworthy events; any of these photographers' images may capture people and property visible within or from public places. The existence of services like Google Street View, recording public space at a massive scale, and the burgeoning trend of self-photography (selfies), further complicate ethical issues reflected in attitudes to street photography.

Much of what is regarded, stylistically and subjectively, as definitive street photography was made in the era spanning the end of the 19th century through to the late 1970s; a period which saw the emergence of portable cameras that enabled candid photography in public places.

(From Wikipedia)

For me Street Photography is also... shooting the urban soul of the city

But, recently, I'm starting to be interested to spend more time photographing my loved ones, instead to spend too much time photographing strangers

I found interesting reflections about to prefere taking pictures of strangers instead of loved ones in two interesting photo blogs that I often follow:
Eric Kim Photography  and  Josh T White Photography

Because the question is... at the end of our life which pictures we prefere to hold in our hands, in the last our final moments? Photographs of strangers or photographs of our loved ones?

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Jul 27, 2016


It was long time I was thinking to create a Facebook page for sharing my photographic works but, sincerely, I don't want to spend too much time on social networks. Don't forget I'm also on: Google+FlickrTumblrPinterest500pxYouTubeNikonInstagram and, of course, this blog and so prefer don't lose too free time on web instead to go out to photograph or reading a good book or spend more moments with my loved ones. Then I already manage the official Facebook page of Hotel Montecarlo Roma where I work for almost twenty years, a very helpful tourist guide for Rome with many interesting posts, information, news and pictures every day

So I decided another way: my Facebook friends can follow me automatically, but next days I'll change my profile also allowing people who aren't my friends to follow me

In this case if I've allowed everybody to follow me, anyone on Facebook can follow my posts unless I've blocked them

So, please follow my Facebook profile that I'll modify very soon next days. Stay tuned!

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Jul 26, 2016


Another snapshot in Piazza del Popolo, a popular large square in the heart of Rome. A personal question that I wonder about Street Photography is... why I spend too much time photographing strangers, and not enough time photographing my loved ones? Good question to think about.
Please check these interesting blogs that I often follow: Eric Kim Photography and JT White Photography

Jul 25, 2016


Another street snapshot, this time a color picture, just a daily scenery of a few days ago in Piazza del Popolo, famous large square in the heart of Rome. Being too busy to go out and spend half a day shooting landscapes or other,  I prefer to focus on street and urban photography, taking snapshots while walking to and from my work

Jul 24, 2016

Piazza del Popolo

Daily scenery of Piazza del Popolo, one of the most famous square in Rome, easily reachable from Hotel Montecarlo. The square’s fame spread worldwide over the years as a site for public executions, fairs, carnivals, games and competitions and as a symbol of Renaissance papal patronage. When in Rome, don't miss to visit this amazing square

Jul 23, 2016

Roman Fountains

Daily scenery in Piazza del Popolo (in Italian means literally People's Square), one of the most famous large urban square in the heart of Rome, You have to know in the Eternal City there are more than 2000 fountains of every imaginable size and sharp

Jul 22, 2016


“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move” – Robert Louis Stevenson

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Jul 21, 2016

Being Alone

“Nobody likes being alone that much. I don't go out of my way to make friends, that's all. It just leads to disappointment” ― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

Jul 20, 2016

Jul 19, 2016

Jul 18, 2016

Own Reality

“I don't paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality” ― Frida Kahlo

Jul 16, 2016

The Great Ocean of Truth

"I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me" ― Isaac Newton

Jul 15, 2016

Life of a Ghost

“I woke up as the sun was reddening; and that was the one distinct time in my life, the strangest moment of all, when I didn't know who I was - I was far away from home, haunted and tired with travel, in a cheap hotel room I'd never seen, hearing the hiss of steam outside, and the creak of the old wood of the hotel, and footsteps upstairs, and all the sad sounds, and I looked at the cracked high ceiling and really didn't know who I was for about fifteen strange seconds. I wasn't scared; I was just somebody else, some stranger, and my whole life was a haunted life, the life of a ghost” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Jul 13, 2016

Never find Peace

“My aunt once said that the world would never find peace until men fell at their women's feet and asked for forgiveness” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Jul 12, 2016

The Charm of Italy

"What is the fatal charm of Italy? What do we find there that can be found nowhere else? I believe it is a certain permission to be human, which other places, other countries, lost long ago" ― Erica Jong

Jul 11, 2016

Discovering Rome

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Jul 10, 2016

We love History

“She had always been fond of history, and here, in Rome, was history in the stones of the street and the atoms of the sunshine”  ― Henry James (American writer 1843-1916)

Jul 9, 2016

Suddenly rich world

“I was surprised, as always, by how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt. The world was suddenly rich with possibility” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Jul 8, 2016

Getting away from yourself

“You can't get away from yourself by moving from one place to another” ― Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

Jul 7, 2016


“You're an expatriate. You've lost touch with the soil. You get precious. Fake European standards have ruined you. You drink yourself to death. You become obsessed with sex. You spend all your time talking, not working. You are an expatriate, see? You hang around cafes” ― Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

Jul 6, 2016

Jul 5, 2016

Keep love in your heart

"Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead" - Oscar Wilde