Tram 19

My last project is finally finished… Like the last two years, I did a new “Roma Coast to Coast”, a walking trip through my city. In the first two walks I followed the track of the two lines of the roman underground, watching the different faces of my city. Last tuesday I followed the track of the most important streetcar of Rome: Tram 19: 44 stops along 14,3 kilometers. From south-east to north-west, from Centocelle to the Vatican, through Pigneto, San Lorenzo, Coppedè, Parioli and Prati. Tram 19 is the iron artery that crosses Rome: it’s the longest line of a streetcar and also the most charming one, where you can meet students, workers, romans, foreigners, artists and priests. From Piazza dei Gerani to Piazza Risorgimento, it’s been a journey between sacred and profane, among the popular Rome and the bourgeois Rome, the multiethnic Rome and the touristic Rome. Here a gallery with a selection of photos (you can see the complete gallery on my Facebook page).

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How to build your own style in photography

Today I was reading an interesting article by Eric Kim (always him, maybe it would be better for you to turn off my page and open Eric’s blog!): he suggests to combine your passions and your different interests in photography, in order to build something new and, most important, something really personal. This is a part of the last post I’ve read on Eric’s blog and I want to share it with you:

“A way you can brand yourself and make your photography stand out is to combine your outside interests. For example, Sebastiao Salgado studied economics and was horrified by how workers were being treated. He combined his passion for humanitarian work and photography to make his work unique. Saul Leiter was a painter and loved color. He shot photos that were essentially paintings (but on the streets). Richard Avedon was a portrait and commercial photographer. His favorite body of work was “In the American West” where he would connect with common folks in the streets, and shot portraits of them. Daido Moriyama was a former drug addict, and called himself a “wandering dog.” He channeled his emotion, frustration, and sense of wandering in his street photography. Personally, I studied sociology in school, and see myself less as a “street photographer” and more of a “street sociologist.” I think what makes my approach unique is how I try to use a camera as a research tool”.

I’ve studied cinema for five years at the university, so maybe for this reason I always look for a “movie inspired” scene in my pictures. And what about you? If you work in a office and you love photography maybe you can shoot a reportage about your job, or if your passion is football, you can take pictures of people wearing a football shirt (I know, it seems to be a bullshit, but it’s just an idea). So, tell me, what about you?

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Photo of the day #80

Wow. This was a prophecy or what? This amazing picture was taken in London a week before the Oscar Night and we can see a perfect mix between “La La Land” and “Moonligth”, the two movies involved in the weird and absurd ending of the night. This is a great picture, also for other reasons: the beautiful lights of this cinema and the superimposition of a taxi driver in an amazing out of focus. I really love it, I love colors, composition and the mood is really stunning. Furthermore, I can see a lot of movie references in this scene and it’s really awesome to me. Congratulations to Laura McGregor!

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Pizza and Street Photography

You can do Street Photography everywhere: this is a dogma. Last monday, for example, an inauguration party in a roman pizzeria became a good occasion to take pictures to the crowd. This kind of event is quite interesting because you can approach people without explanations (and taste good pizza as well!). Here some shots of the event. And remember: the best subject to photograph is whatever happens around your life.

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How to win “World Press Photo”

This morning it’s been announced the winner of World Press Photo 2017. Before that, french newspaper Liberation made a research to understand which kind of photos usually win this important prize. Since 1955 we have 58 Best Pictures: let’s take a look at their characteristics.

Photographer: 54 times the prize went to a man from USA or Europe, more or less a 35 year old.

Where: The most of the winning pictures were taken in Asia (17) or Middle East (11). Vietnam is the most photographed country, especially during the war. Here a map of all the places, with year and photo.

Themes: The most photographed theme is war (24 on 58), then natural catastrophes (7 on 58). In almost half ot the images of war there is a child, and in 17 images on 58 there is someone dead or that is going to die, like the famous “burning monk” in 1963 (protest images are 6 on 58).

Colors: Black and white was the only way to shoot, for more then a decade. Colors came in 1967. The ’80 were the decade of colors, but the ’90 saw a return of black and white photography.

Frame: The first winning image was also the only one in a squared frame. Usually the winning images are rectangulars and horizontals. But the last winning photo, this morning, is vertical.

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Photo of the day #79

If Edward Hopper was alive, I think today he could draw a paint like this: urban alienation, the cold neon of capitalism, a frame from a modern noir movie. A great image of street photography realized in Osaka, Japan, by Yuji Ishizaki. I love the darkness around the character, you can really feel the sense of solitude, the melancholic mood of his thoughs. Amazing picture, amazing!

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Photo of the day #78

In Street Photography there are lot of rules, but the best comes when you break the rules. Patterns, for example. Patterns are aesthetically pleasing, but the best is when the pattern is interrupted. For this reason and for others, I think this is a great picture, realized by polish photographer Elwira Kruszelnicka. The right half of the photo seems to be darker than the left one: look at the windows. It seems as the man, walking, took off  all the darkness behind him. I really love this shot. It’s amazing, it’s what I love in Street Photography: the awesome beauty of daily life seen by an artistic point of view. Thanks Elwira!

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Roma Coast to Coast – Tram 19

A new Roma Coast to Coast is coming…
44 stops along 14,3 kilometers. From south-east to north-west, from Centocelle to the Vatican, through Pigneto, San Lorenzo, Coppedè, Parioli and Prati. Tram 19 is the iron artery that crosses Rome: it’s the longest line of a streetcar and also the most charming one, where you can meet students, workers, romans, foreigners, artists and priests. From Piazza dei Gerani to Piazza Risorgimento, a journey between sacred and profane, among the popular Rome and the bourgeois Rome, the multiethnic Rome and the touristic Rome.

So, the 21st of March I’ll do a new Roma Coast to Coast, my yearly kilometric walking, and also this time it will be possible to follow it on Twitter, with the hashtag #RomaCoastToCoast, on my Facebook Page and on my website www.alessiotrerotoli.it, where you can find the galleries about the others Roma Coast to Coast.

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