“People are getting insane, they even take pictures at wine bottles now…”

…said a woman stepping in front of my camera, shaking her head, while I was fascinated by the reflection.
Years are passing by, still, I keep noticing we do not ALL see the same thing when we look at something.

Italy May 2015
Italy
May 2015
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Pink it was love at first sight
Pink when I turn out the light

(Pink, Aerosmith)

Walking towards French Quarter New Orleans, LA
Walking towards French Quarter
New Orleans, LA

Picture you upon my knee
Just tea for two
And two for tea
Just me for you
And you for me… alone

I’m discontented with homes that I’ve rented
So I have invented my own.
Darling, this place is lovely oasis
Where life’s weary taste is unknown
Far from the crowded city
Where flowers pretty caress the stream
Cozy to hide in, to live side by side in,
Don’t let it apart in my dream

Picture you upon my knee
Just tea for two
And two for tea
Just me for you
And you for me alone
Nobody near us to see us or hear us
No friends or relations
On weekend vacations
We won’t have it known, dear,
That we own a telephone, dear…

Day will break and I’ll wake
And start to bake a sugar cake
For you to take for all the boys to see
We’ll raise a family
A boy for you
And a girl for me

Can’t you see how happy we would be…

Corsica, July 2013
Corsica, July 2013

Two years ago I was in Linz, Austria, and during my staying I happened to visit a very interesting exhibition held in the city centre. The theme was wind, water and everything related to it (fog, rain, ice, etc.). It took place in a pretty big building, so visitors had to go through many rooms, floors, terraces.

I believe I was not the only one, as a child, who daydreamed about having a swimming-pool in the dream apartment. By this, I don’t mean a proper swimming pool, but a room filled with water, where to jump in just opening the door.
What I found in one of the rooms of the exhibition, was terribly close to my childhood dream…

Let’s say it was a dream coming true!

Linz, Austria, July 2011
Linz, Austria, July 2011

W.P.C.: Grand

Grand. As a sixth post on my brand new blog, I was looking for something more recent to show you, when I bumped into the Weekly Photo Challenge. It is asked to post “that special element: the ‘wow factor’ of a scene, that magical quality you’re always out looking for and so excited to capture with your camera”.
As you can imagine, in the past few years I’ve collected thousands (literally) of pictures, so picking a single photo for a challenge, is not always an easy task. Plus, I’m that kind of person who is likely to lose herself in every little thing, from a leaf to a small puddle, and that makes it damned easy to find ‘wow factors’ just everywhere!
Thus, I’ve tried to remember the last time I felt deeply stunned, while standing still in front of something. That something, is Pointe de la Parata, Corsica. The place is so much beautiful, that I would just call it magic.

It was a real rush to make it until there before the sunset. Of course, I couldn’t wait till the morning after, ’cause the light would have never been as good as at dusk. ;) However, before reaching the tower at the very end of the cape, I stopped running with my camera when I saw these flowers and had one of my ‘Alice in Wonderland’ moments (this post will help you a little to get it). A long one. Someone had to wake me up.
No idea of what kind of flowers are they, tho!

Pointe de la Parata, Corsica, July 2013
Pointe de la Parata, Corsica, July 2013

The first one, the hardest

The first time you approach to something new, it’s always the hardest, no matter what you’re up to. The first day at school, the first exam, the first date, the first time you get into a new gym, the first time you have to talk to an audience, your own first photo exhibition, the first job interview… you name it!

So today it’s the time for my first post.
I’ve had a Flickr account for few years now, but I started to feel it was “not enough”. When I edit a photo, as well as when I shoot, I completely lose myself in it. I feel like Alice in Wonderland, when she falls down the rabbit hole and she is overwhelmed by all the stuff that pops around her, or like Joel in the Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, when he finds himself revisiting his memories, all kinda mixed up and in a sort of dream state.
That’s pretty much what it usually happens to me: words from songs lyrics, movies scenes and books verses, they all appear suddenly to my mind, so that I stay lost ‘inside’ the photo until I find the way out. And, as it’s a nonsense to live an experience or an emotion and keep it for yourself, I share the results of my getting lost.
So, here we go.

I’m quite not sure why I decided to start from these three photos. On Facebook, one of the pages I follow is Leica Talent Italia, which is the Leica Camera Italia official page. Last year, to celebrate the Leica M Monochrom release, they gave birth to their first collective album, named “465 Shades of Gray”, made of the best works they would have received. All page’s followers had the chance to see their best b/n shots published, sending up to three photos. Not a big deal, alright. Yet, when you are a total beginner, you won’t miss a chance to measure yourself.
The page ended up publishing 261 photos. Two of those were mine.

These are the three ones I sent. All of them were taken in Paris, March 2011.

Place du Trocadero
Now. I’m a total crap when it comes to pick some photos for contests/ magazines/ exhibitions
And, apparently, the less I like one of my photos, the more people love it.

Centre Pompidou

Quite ironically, the one I like better, usually doesn't get a positive feedback. This one was not even published by Leica.
Quite ironically, the one I like better, usually doesn’t get a positive feedback.
This one was not even published by Leica.