Strolling somewhere around the Club der Visionaere, Berlin, I found a dragon’s head blinking at me instead of holding its own shutter!
Objects may be shameless sometimes.

Berlin, August 2012
Berlin, August 2012
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I quite feel like I’m running out of windows!!

This is my entry for the current Weekly Photo Challenge, but in the last weeks I’ve been literally publishing ONLY windows! Have a look at:
Io non sono qui.12
Io non sono qui.11 (I’m not there)
In light of
Upsidedown
When daydreams come true

Berlin, Kreuzberg, August 2012
Berlin, Kreuzberg, August 2012

Back in 2011, I applied to an artistic project called Who’s Next Expo.
A Roman night club, the Sinister Noise – “a club designed as a place for cultural exchange of music and art, an open space for concerts, DJ sets, art exhibitions, film reviews, short films, theater” -, selected some new talents to show their works. Painters, photographers, street artists (among the others: Millo) and graphic designers took part in it.

I was one of the selected ‘artists’ and participated with a photo-project named Io non sono qui (=I’m not there), inspired by the 2007 biographical musical film directed by Todd Haynes, about American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. I can’t imagine a single day lived without music, I love Bob Dylan, I love the movies and this one is one of my favourite ever. The use of non-traditional narrative techniques, intercutting the storylines of the six different Dylan-inspired characters, really struck me.
The fractured film structure, with its numerous openings and a multitude of voices, with the aim of being just one refraction of Dylan, the feeling you get watching it of a difficult and mysterious and evasive person, a life defined by change and constant disappearances and constant transformations, the idea of a human being that, the minute you try to grab hold of him, he’s no longer where he was, the feeling of never belonging to a place, the travel sake, the freedom of being someone else somewhere else, wearing outworn shoes but with strong legs willing to go…

…it all sounded like me.

I happened to travel to Berlin and Paris, two gorgeous cities that need no presentation, between January and March 2011, so I wandered around them with Dylan singing his legendary songs in my iPod, with the words and the movie scenes impressed in my mind. Then I started making connections and correlations between all of them, associating song lyrics or movie words to some of the shots I took.
What you’ll see from today on, is the result of it.

As in the last days I’ve been posting pictures of windows, I’ll begin showing you my photo-project with the following pic.
I took it in Paris, when strolling around Montmartre I got inside a beautiful church, Saint Jean de Montmartre, built in 1904 and designed by architect Anatole de Baudot, a student of Viollet-le-Duc, a French architect and theorist, famous for his interpretive “restorations” of medieval buildings (a guru for any architecture student at his first year!).
There was a choir singing, it was lunch time thus the light was awesome.

It felt like a magic, mystic moment and the Bob Dylan song Pressing On fit perfectly.

Well I’m pressing on
Yes, I’m pressing on
Well I’m pressing on
To the higher calling of my Lord

Many try to stop me, shake me up in my mind
Say, “Prove to me that He is Lord, show me a sign”

What kind of sign they need when it all come from within
When what’s lost has been found, what’s to come has already been?

Well I’m pressing on
Yes, I’m pressing on
Well I’m pressing on
To the higher calling of my Lord

Shake the dust off of your feet, don’t look back
Nothing now can hold you down, nothing that you lack
Temptation’s not an easy thing, Adam given the devil reign
Because he sinned I got no choice, it run in my vein

Well I’m pressing on
Yes, I’m pressing on
Well I’m pressing on
To the higher calling of my Lord

 

The Sinister Noise art director liked the project and asked to two more photographers to take part in it: Luca Fabbri and Mauro Manni. You can still find the exhibition flier here.

Saint Jean de Montmartre, Paris, March 2011
Saint Jean de Montmartre, Paris, March 2011

A little Talent

Two years ago, November 2011, the project Leica Talent saw the light. I don’t even know how I got to know about it and if it was something global or if we had it just in Italy. They set up a contest, called 24×36, where 24 was for the 24 winners of the third selection (but not the last one) and 36 was for the film format. The 24 winners were given a Leica and asked to start a photographic project with it. Among those, a jury picked 12 lucky talented ones who began a cooperation with Leica.
Everyone was allowed to participate and everyone had hers/his pictures published on Leica website, as long as one was living in Italy and above 18. No required theme for the photos, you just had to send the three pictures more representative of you.
Just imagine what happened. It ended up with 42.567 participants. Countless debates. The first selection, made by the Leica team, cut them down to 2400. Again, I’m not a professional, I’ve not much experience and I knew I was not going to win. Just compete’s sake. I was happy enough to have passed the first selection and to be one of those 2400.

These are the three photos I sent (and yes, back then I didn’t even know you are not supposed to mix black&white and colour photos).

Berlin, Tacheles, January 2011
Berlin, Tacheles, January 2011
Paris, Centre Pompidou, March 2011
Paris, Centre Pompidou, March 2011
Berlin, Jewish Museum, January 2011
Berlin, Jewish Museum, January 2011