Last month I was in Milan to meet up some old friends and breath the fresh Italian air for a few days. That is the city where I started dreaming to be a photographer; among its streets I walked hoping to see the miracle, the perfect image to capture, even just with my own eyes.
It was indeed an emotion to be back in Brera, after more than five years away, to take photos to the lovely Sofya. I used to go to the library, inside the Brera’s Pinacoteca, to read and study, when my future was still unsure but strong my desire to give it the right shape. Following the same memories, I had my second shoot with the beautiful Alexandrina at Indro Montanelli’s Gardens. I lived just a few minutes away from the park, then, and I spent so many spring afternoons walking on its paths, and experimenting with my first camera. I can still remember a day in March when a bunch of children were playing among the trees and soap bubbles were flying in midair. That was one of my first picture. My style has changed and I grew as a photographer since then, but the amazement for beauty has remained the same.
Models: Sofya Berezhko, at Wonderwall Management; Alexandrina Graur, at Brave Models
Simona Donadio and Carlotta Redaelli are two young fashion-designer from Meda (Milan) who put hopes and dreams in the organic fabrics and materials, launching a new fashion brand “Made for change”. After graduating at NABA (the New Fine Art Academy of Milan), they decided to open an atelier and to start working on their project. The two friends design and sew the clothes; they use bamboo and cereal fabrics as well as organic wool and cotton both for t-shirts and coats, elegant dresses and accessories. Each material is strictly controlled to guarantee its quality and the dye utilized is low environmental impact. Shop bags are made by recycled paper and, if this is not enough, think that even scrap materials are assembled to realize glamour bracelets.
Last March I photographed some Italian chefs from Milan involved in the Lilt (the Italian society for the fight against cancer) initiative intent on making restaurants insert the “Piatti della salute” (Health dishes) in their menu. More than 20 chef accepted to join it, and I had the great pleasure to meet Sergio Mei, Fabio Baldassarre, Andrea Provenzani, Alice Delcourt, Gaetano Simonato, Giovanni Traversone and Marco Tronconi. Each chef chose freely the ingredient to use, and many of them decided to aim at fresh vegetables and legumes, together with good quality of Italian pasta and an excellent extravirgin olive oil. I found everyone kind and willing. I loved to move on kitchen watching them cooking in the most precise and artistic way. And I loved many of the dishes I had the opportunity to eat: pretty delicious! Nothing better than to taste something thinking how your body, not only your mood, benefits from it.
Sergio Mei from the Four Seasons Hotel
Andrea Provenzani from “Il liberty” restaurant
Fabio Baldassarre from “Unico” Restaurant
“Erba Brusca” Restaurant
Alice Delcourt from the “Erba Brusca” Restaurant
Marco Tronconi from “Trattoria del nuovo Macello” Restaurant
Gaetano Simonato from “Tano Passami l’olio” Restaurant
I spent one year walking around Monumental Cemetery in Milan before I finally decided to go and visit it. And I have to recognise that it is really the treasure I have read about many times in my University books and in those websites full of pictures of cities and tourist advices. Anyway, Monumental Cemetery is not an attraction, both because of its nature and because of the feeling it can be able to inspire. I felt calm and at the same time melancholy looking at the graves and the statues. But what a strength in each face, in each pose, in what comes out the marble to remember and make the past remembered. Life seems to blow up from the sorrow.
He prefers to be called GEP, but his full name is Giuseppe Caserta. I really enjoyed meeting him and joining his class for two hours weeks ago. I learned many things about his art and I was captured by the speed of his hands witch moved on the paper armed of ink and pens. He likes to define himself a “writer”, his art is a melting-pot of calligraphy, spray-art, painting. He writes using gothic, humanistic types as an old copyst with attention to details and with a eye both to the history and tradition and to the modern art. Just think he uses tools made by hand in the same way like centuries ago. And now, look how he teaches to his students! In that classroom I felt like I was in a studio of a Renaissance artist.
After six years spent in Rome, I moved to Milan with the feeling I would not fall in love with another city. But I have to say I was wrong, because for sure Milan is the first city I looked with a photographic eye, the first city that slowed my step down to let me look around and really enjoy every single ray of sunshine. I took many of these pictures with my old bridge camera, before buying the reflex I have now, and for the first time I had the courage to get closer to people in the streets. What a conquest for the timid person I am, and what a sense of freedom!
Vittorio Emanuele Gallery
Sunset in Indro Montanelli Park
Playing hide and seek in Vittorio Emanuele Gallery