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

[Come trovare il tuo stile fotografico: versione in italiano qui]

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 by Saul Leiter

 

 

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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