Chinese New Year

Yesterday I went in the Roman Chinatown, the Esquilino neighborhood, to watch how the Chinese community (and Romans too) celebrated the Chinese New Year, the year of the rabbit. It was the perfect situation to take some pictures and ask a girl for a portrait. This kind of event are really great for street photography, there is a lot of people and a lot of story to tell through photography. There was a kid peeping behind the curtain a show on the stage, I loved that. Here a gallery of image I took yesterday during the celebrations of Chinese New Year.

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28 January 2023

A beautiful walk to the Musei Capitolini is always a good way to discover, once again, the beautiful art of Romans and the stunning past of my city. Sometimes I forget to live in a city like Rome, in such a incredible place, so it’s important to remind me, through museums and walks, how beautiful can be, despite the difficulties, costs etc.

My Best Street Photos of 2022

This year is almost gone. I don’t want to write a post about my 2022, it would be too self-centred and boring. By the way, it’s been a year full of different things, good and bad, as happens to everybody, I guess. But let’s talk about photography. I tried to select the best street photos I took during this year, since the midnight of the 1 January until now (well, 2022 is not over and maybe I could take some good photos today or tomorrow, but I don’t think so…). Just pure street photos, no Raindrop Blues nor Urban Melodies. I chose the photos according to my personal taste, so I’m not really sure about my selection, I’m not a great editor of myself. But it’s ok, here is the gallery and I hope you will enjoy it!

I wish you the best for 2023 and I hope you can achieve all your good resolutions. See you next year and thanks for being here.

1 January: a few minutes after midnight. In Rome there was a surreal fog that night, so fireworks were soft, weird, they look like a galaxy or a starry night sky. It was beautiful.
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15 December 2022

I went to a press screening and as soon as I entered in the theater I knew that I had to take this photo. I like the feeling of mistery that permeate the image. I can’t understand if the second blond head on the left bothers me or not. But maybe it could be seen as a doppelganger of the head in the middle of the image.

8 December 2022

Yesterday I was walking on Ponte Sisto, the bridge that connect the Historic Center of Rome with Trastevere. When I saw that hand I immediately took a photo of it, I didn’t want their heads in the picture, just that hand, so clear in the middle of the darkness. It’s slightly out of focus, but I had to carpe diem!

4 December 2022

Today I walked around Colosseo and I met a guy, he was about to do a wedding proposal (I guess). I asked him for a portrait and he said yes (I hope his girlfriend said yes too!). Then I took a photo of a beautiful sunset (nothing original, I know). Then I tried to change completely my style. I felt a bit melancholic today so I tried to send the blues away through photography. I took some image in black and white and then I used a blue tone to underline my feelings. And after this shoots I felt better: creativity can be a great therapy.

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Roma Coast to Coast 2022 – Mura Aureliane

Here we are. I talked a lot about my new Roma Coast to Coast, so you already know everything. Now the gallery is finally ready, so there’s nothing else to say, I just have to show you the pictures. I enjoyed this walk very much and I hope you will enjoy it too. Here I’ll show you just a selection, the entire reportage (98 photos) for now is only on my Facebook page. This is the result of a 20km walk along the ancient Aurelian Walls: do you like it?

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27 November 2022

After a couple of days of rest I’m back in the street. Sunday I did a walk around the train station (then I came back home walking, more 10km to add to the 22km I walked last thursday!) and I took some photos. Termini Station is the most important train station in Rome. It’s always a great spot for photography, you can meet a lot of different people and interesting situations. I didn’t take photos there since longtime. Later, a bird left me a “gift” on my head, but this is another story.

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-3 Days To My Next Roma Coast to Coast!

Since 2015 I did five reportage walking through Rome. The first, the most important, was about the Linea A of the Roman subway (I walked for 21km, taking pictures along the same way, but in surface, of the subway). Now my Coast to Coast series is ready for be back, after three years. I’m going to walk for 19km along the ancient Aurelian Walls, the old city walls that surround the historical centre of Rome. Built between 270 and 275 at the behest of Emperor Aurelian, the Walls were supposed to defend Rome from the threat of invasion by the Germanic populations. The Aurelian Walls, today, are an integral part of the daily life of those who live in Rome and are witnesses of the changes that the city has gone through in almost 2000 years. In this photographic journey of the “Roma Coast to Coast” series, I’ll walk along the city walls (both the visible and the no longer existing ones), touching the 18 gates that made up the original Walls: some gates are closed today , others were replaced, others are still there to observe the life of the city. A circular journey that will start at Porta San Paolo, alongside the Pyramid of Cestius, and will cross Testaccio and Trastevere, skirting the Tiber up to Piazza del Popolo, then Piazza Fiume, San Lorenzo, San Giovanni and many other historical glimpses of the capital. A photographic journey to tell a different Rome, a different way to know it better.

You can follow my walk on Instagram stories (I’ll do some update occasionally) and in the very next days you can watch the gallery with this new reportage on my Facebook page (and later on my website).