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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Join Living Easy on Facebook!

Living Easy, this blog, is now a group on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/liewoec/). The group, as the blog, is a new place where you can share your best photos, your tips, your links, galleries, projects, photowalks, news, stories and a lot of other beautiful things. You can meet other photographers, find new ideas and inspiration from their works, but you can also be an inspiration for the others! If you like photography (and I think so!) come and join Living Easy on Facebook, invite your friends interested in photography and let us discover your pictures!
Take your camera, close an eye and shoot. See you there!

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Photo of the day #77

This morning sky is grey. I had a coffee and I began to work on my stuff. Then I tried to find a new “photo of the day” to update my blog. I was looking for a picture that had a sense of joy and nice colors, to fight the greyness of this morning. I had luck, because I found the shot I was looking for: I don’t know where this picture was taken but it’s great. I love the sense of freedom, the colors of the birds, the soft clouds, the peace and joy that this picture gives to me. The author is Chema Hernandez from Spain, and I have to thank him for this amazing picture!

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A Modern Flaneur

Hi guys, great news today. Well, not so great maybe, but it’s something new… I’ve opened my YouTube channel to share with you videos, interview, photowalks, galleries and stuff like that. It’s a new step, a new challenge. The first video of my channel is a promotional interview that I’ve realized for a chinese gallery for the imminent launching of my photos: it’s a little interview about street photography, inspiration and my Urban Melodies.

I’m really shy in front of the camera, so please don’t judge me for my “performance”, just for the contents. Thank you 🙂

Blue Monday

Yesterday, according to the scientists, was Blue Monday, the saddest day of the year (WTF?). So I tried to give an interpretation of it, in my style, superimposing five different images of this train station not far from San Pietro’s dome. By the way, I’ve lost my train…

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10 Rules about Street Portraits

[10 Regole sul Ritratto di Strada: versione in italiano qui]

One of my biggest proposes for 2017 (about photography) is trying to realize a set of portraits of strangers on the street. I follow lot of projects like that, from the famous Humans of NY to 365 Parisiens and others, and I find every series really interesting and inspiring. There is another point about my intention: I’m shy, a little bit shy. So this photoproject can be a challenge to me. Last year I tried to begin a project like that on Instagram, taking pictures of people I know, but now I want to make it better, with a camera and with strangers, interesting people that I can meet on my way, on the street.

For this reason I’ve read some articles on internet, where lot of photographers explain how to shoot Street Portrait (with permission). The most interesting article about it was written by Danny Santos and I want to share with you ten rules that I’ve learned.

  1. Fear won’t goes away, never, so keep asking for shooting and don’t stop.
  2. Keep it simple. Just ask to take a picture, without explanations and waste of time. 
  3. Be Honest. When they ask “why?” or “what for?” you can say that it’s for a project or just to practice your skills in photography. Don’t tell lies and people will support you.
  4. Stay positive. Some people will say “no” or sometimes they will be worried for your question. Don’t feel bad, just say thank you and look for another person.
  5. Give them a business card. They will be happy to follow your project, to look and share their pictures and they will have a sense of security about your intents.
  6. Avoid the fake smiles. Try to keep a portrait in a natural expression. If you want to see people smiling, make them laugh and capture the moment.
  7. Find a good light. Be too excited when a subject says yes without check the light can make it a bad portrait.
  8. Make a project, not single images. The set will be more interesting and meaningful if there is a factor that unifies people you shoot.
  9. Eye contact. The viewer needs to feel an instant connection with the subject.
  10. Have fun. The most important thing… 🙂

The following gallery is a sample of images I took in the last years, but now I want to do it more and better. I think it could be interesting ask people something about them, to put some commentary with the portrait, or maybe ask a little question like “how Roma make you feel” (if I would realize a collection of “roman people”). I’m not sure if I want to do it with colors on in black and white. Let’s see…

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Photo of the day #76

2017 is now a reality. Holidays are off, it’s time to be back at work! To begin this new year in the best way, I want to show you this amazing shot by Vit Person. I love the composition, the emptiness around the character, the yellow of the car. The white arrow on the street is also a beautiful element, as well as the perfect use of the lines of the sidewalk and pedestrian crossing. This is Patience, taken in Athens, and this is the first photo of the day of 2017. Have a good year my friends!

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