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bari

I left Bari many years ago. It is my adoptive hometown, and when I return every once in a while, I enjoy walking around aimlessly, meeting old friends, the cool breeze from the sea, rediscovering situations and places that haven’t really changed that much.

Bus stop.
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thoughts on photography 1

I think a lot about photography; usually random, incoherent things that I tend to forget (or more often, forget the point I was trying to make). This is an attempt to make some order. A second part is half-written. It may be published sooner or later.

portrait photographers

Are they really that good? As Bill and Jefferey often say on their show, how hard can it be to take a good photograph of George Clooney or some beautiful model?

Why do we refer to Platon, Newton, Leibovitz as some sort of geniuses because they know how to set up lights and get these professionals (whose job is looking good) to look good? Not to mention the make up artists, strobists and whatnot working for them.

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art photographers

The world of art photography fascinates me. I especially love those who refer to themselves as “artists”, their art being typically exemplified by boring, flat, sad photos where the “artist” himself is shown with vacuous eyes, half naked, a cigarette maybe, with another sad human or animal being by his side. Or empty landscapes showing detritus and crap with not an ounce of interestingness.

I find it wildly entertaining and maddening at the same time their ability to write so much and with so many complicated words about the void their art is made of.

I love even more critics that find meaning in these empty images. It leaves me cold and a bit angry, I admit, that some of these “artists” are even able to pay their bills with this shit they (and nobody else) call “art”.

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geoscience and python

Since I picked up Python a couple of years ago I have enjoyed my everyday job more and more. It’s like being thrown back to my 12-year old self playing with a ZX Spectrum or Commodore-128, when all I wanted was to create videogames or do some other stuff1; only back then I didn’t have the perseverance and the excuses that I have now.

Excuses” is a fine word for what I do; I am assigned a task (or sometimes I go looking for one), and I see this task only as an excuse to solve the problem in a way that I see fit. So if there’s even a hint of repetition I will go and write a for-loop to do that. If I need to use a dumb-ass software that I don’t like I will write the dumb-ass piece of code myself2. Etc.

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genitori secondo cito

A maggio scorso ho assistito a una presentazione di Francesco Cito, noto fotografo italiano. Tra i vari progetti mostrati c’era anche “Coma”, in cui raccontava, attraverso immagini piatte e struggenti, la normalità che circonda dei ragazzi entrati in coma irreversibile.

E la normalità sarebbe quella di parenti e amici che festeggiano i compleanni, cambiano e puliscono i loro ragazzoni …

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still finding true gems online

Months ago I asked the OTP community about their online reading habits. I mentioned my favourite blogs and briefly discussed my main concern which is: is online reading just a filler, sort of reading your twitter feed when you’re bored1?

Anyway, my idea is that yes, books give you something else, something that takes you away for longer …

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essere giovani

Recentemente mi sono imbattuto in due cose meravigliose. La prima, una serie di foto scattate in Pakistan da un giovane, pluripremiato, fotografo, Muhammed Muheisen.

La seconda, un piccolo saggio di Marina Keegan, pieno di speranza, gioia di vivere e quel senso di fratellanza e comunità che si ha solo a vent’anni.

Entrambe le cose hanno un risvolto tragico, scontato …

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after a long pause

This is a short post just to let the readers know that I am ready to be back on track with some brand new content — and apologies for not being very active these past few months here or on my other channels like twitter or Google+.

I have been busy with moving to the new house, stay with my family …

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Richard Koci Hernandez made this video asking if “mobile photography has made us more reliant on tools than on our eyes”:

Sometimes you can find smart youtube comments. For example this guy wrote:

Hernandez makes a valid point - the image shouldn’t be defined by the camera it’s captured with. It’s a shame he had to spend five …

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networked photography

I have always liked Craig Mod, since I read years ago his travelogue/review of the Panasonic GF1. He traveled to Himalaya, captured some great shot with this little camera, and wrote extensive and very well written thoughts about ‘gear’ — linking tech talk to excellent photography and interesting, deep commentary about how it feels to use a camera to capture …

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stolen bikes and new bike

Last month two bikes were stolen from a certain garage in San Donato Milanese. Those were my mountain bikes; the garage, well that wasn’t mine1.

And it was dead easy to open the garage for these gentlemen. Not only did they steal my two most precious bikes, leaving the city bikes untouched, but also my tire pump and …

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branzino

In other words: good reasons to avoid using “Ph.D” and other titles appended to your email.

From an article on the New York Times about the latest Spider-Man movie (the one filmed by Marc Webb):

Gwen Stacy asks Peter Parker if he likes branzino: you know, “Like, the fish?”.
Then she invites him to dinner, where everyone is saying …

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professional photographers

Start here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-19208480

The story is about Usain Bolt and the snapshots he has taken using a camera borrowed from one of the sports photographers following the Olympics. But this is not about Bolt, it’s about these ‘professional photographers’ that you see in this shot.

Even if some time has passed from the …

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on sloppy street photographers

Street photography is real big now. All photographers do street photography. Everybody talks about it. But this is really getting on my nerves. I mean, these trivial shots of everyday life covered with fine-art pretensions given by a bland conversion to black and white — it’s really unnerving.

I am looking right now at 35mm Street, which is a very …

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direttamente dal cassetto

Attenzione, arriva una serie di appunti che butto lì, tanto per levarli dall’eterno stato di DRAFT.

Il primo ad esempio lo scrivevo a febbraio 2012 (rileggendolo, lo trovo ancora attuale):

situazione della città di milano addì 14 febbraio 2012

  • il portafoglio dei possessori di porsche carrera 4 GTS e Cayenne è sempre ricolmo.

  • diffidate delle buone intenzioni diffuse sui …

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dogs chasing fake rabbits

Somewhere, behind the sad story of Lance Armstrong and his team mates doing EPO and other shit to dominate professional cycling, lies the reason behind my personal preference of a certain kind of sport.

Ask a MotoGP rider do drugs; or a mountain biker doing an downhill or enduro race; or a climber on a vertical wall in the Dolomites …

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Si tratta probabilmente dell’unica mostra a cui vado volentieri. È a Milano fino al 18 dicembre, ed è scontato consigliarlo a tutti gli appassionati di fotografia.

Rispetto all’edizione del 2009 che vidi a Londra, le foto qui sono stampate e non visualizzate su pannelli LCD retroilluminati; all’epoca mi colpì molto la resa su questi schermi retroilluminati (non …

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Qualche tempo fa cercavo uno sfogo per la mia fotografia. L’ho trovato pubblicando i miei weekly snaps; collezioni atematiche di fotografie scattate in diverse condizioni temporali, geografiche ed emozionali. O, evitando il pretenzioso vocabolario da pseudo artista e usando parole più terra terra, raccolta di foto prese un po’ a casaccio dai miei archivi.

In questi post periodici mostro …

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notes on parenting

Lately I’ve been reading quite a lof of articles about parenting. Most of them are book reviews but I did not read any of these books though1, which could mean: (A) I’m a bit shallow, (B) stressed out New Yorkers, overproductive Chinese immigrants, rich Californians are not people that I feel entitled to give me directions on …

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these tech writers (invettiva)

I used to love macstories.

It’s edited by a fellow italian who writes excellent english (unlike the rest of us), and it was a place to read reasoned commentaries that I enjoyed.

But lately, like most of the other tech blogs, it has changed to a collection of commentaries on brainless apps, such as: twitter clients, calendar and reminder …

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