December 9, 2013
Pages where you can choose and order calendars 2014 are finally online!
It had been a tough work, I have been helped by the webmaster and a few friends who really helped a lot!
Here are the calendars
click on the above pictures to know more!
O look on the right side of this page, look for the section “Calendars 2014″
November 30, 2013
The webmaster almost completed the form to make the orders, and pay attention, he is super busy with work in these days!
I still have to sit down and decide the pictures for the plain calendars, but not today.
Today is different, I cannot be lazy or sad, this afternoon I’m going to help my father in the supermarket where he’ll be working for Banco Alimentare (Italian Food Bank, click here to know more)
A lot of area of Italy are under rain or snow but most of my friends are out there working for others, I have weird friends… instead of blaming awful weather condition they leave home or stay home supporting those who could leave
Back to more trivial information.
I wanted to open the selling on Dec 1st, for the first Sunday of Advent, let’s see if by Tuesday we can build up something.
Here is a overview on the 11 out of 16 “traditional” calendars
Blue Butterfly 2014
Here it comes,from last year, updated layout for one of the most liked by people from both Italy and USA
This one is new, except for the butterfly on the left bottom corner those are all butterflies picture I took last day spent in NYC, that means I took most of these pictures coughing and with slightly high temperature. I guess you don’t need to be wonder woman to find Beauty?
The calendar was born from a direct request from my mother
Another new one!
Pictures taken in Venice in January 2013, seagull included. I wonder how does Venice look like in Spring time…
Mt Etna 2014 (ab)
The new one showing the best place on earth (forgive me, I grew up shaped by its beauty).
This one is born due to a direct request from the webmaster. He wanted a way to take a look at our volcano daily, even if he he has to work and live far away from its beauty.
A new calendar showing pictures of birds taken last summer in Vendicari, another pearl of Sicily.
Pozzillo Lake 2014
Updated layout for a calendar born last year. Pozzillo lake, Sicily.
Mt. Etna 2014 (sb)
The second one showing our volcano. Updated layout, calendar from last year. In the center you can see how Etna peak changed in a few months, actually now it looks different again… an “alive” mountain, no wonder that when it’s active at night you have the feeling that a giant is sleeping and deep breathing outside. A good giant.
Red Rose 2014
Updated layout for a last year calendar. A simple, little but still captivating beauty.
Soap Bubbles 2014
Updated layout for an old calendar. Last year I brought one of this in NYC. My little present for a friend living Ohio. I loved how she asked me “how is possible that a soap bubble has edges?” and asked all the possible question to the webmaster to figure out what relies behind these colors.
I love also how most people says “they look like far away planets”. Who knows, maybe they are! Sometimes it’s nice to let imagination free, I’m sure beauty can be found there too.
Updated layout. I confess, this has been my calendar for year 2013
People have different reaction in front of this image.
Some like the image, most find it a little “distressing”.
I’m not surprised, the beauty of the sea is a bit alike the beauty of a volcano/mountain. It reminds you of how finite and weak you can be but yet it’s captivating and if you approach with respect, who knows, you might discover the taste of the infinite…
Updated layout. Dumb joke “time flies!”
It is “just” a seagull flying toward me and the webmaster in a late fall time rainy day… a day a bit like today
And tomorrow? And tomorrow I’ll show what had been created for friends of friends working for AVSI in the next weeks! They will sell the calendars and all the gain will go to AVSI.
As I said, I’m the opposite of a “social animal”, but I am surrounded by weird creatures, and they are spread a bit all over the world.
Their weirdness lays in the fact that they are definitely not perfect beings, more or less aware of their imperfection, they keep doing their best.
Well, see you, outside web life is calling
but it doesn’t mean I won’t be trying to show the beauty I’m about to see…and even if I won’t be able to show it, be sure, it is happening.
In case you wonder why mixing the introduction of other calendars with important information: It’s simple, that’s how things are over her, overlapping of different actions all moved by the desire of finding Beauty, whatever shapes it takes
November 25, 2013
Here we are, the work on the traditional and plain calendar is almost over.
On Friday was born another calendar: “Seagulls 2014″, with this I reached a total of 16 traditional calendars for the year 2014.
16?! Where did I find time to create 16 calendars?
I fear to know the answer…oops!
Sure is that I thought that might be nice to introduce them step by step… so let’s start with the first group, the 5 ones for kids (and not only).
Kids #1: Seagulls 2014
A seagull calendar thought for kids but probably it will go with the possibility to insert a seagull instead of a kid picture.
Kids#2: rabbit 2014
(or is it an hare?)
The first kids calendar ever sold.
Updated to 2014 months layout
-Kids #3: Treasure Map 2014
Created for the webmaster an year ago.
Updated to 2014 months layout.
Changed a few pictures with some from the last trip to Ingrottato Lavico del Simento and Gurne dell’Alcantara
Kids #4: Grasshopper 2014
Kids #5: Cats 2014
My hopes is that this work for kids or for any cat lover/owner
November 23, 2013
I fear I am working too much on 2014 calendars but… well… let’s see the fun aspect for once
I have created a set of about 4 “kids” calendar.
At the end they can work for adults too, these are just brighter and with more colors than traditional or plain calendar.
In the kids calendar, alike last year, I’m giving the option to change/insert a picture people can send me via mail.
So far parents and grandparents really enjoyed the idea
Point is that I didn’t like the idea to just insert an X or the message “your picture here”, it felt ugly and cold, especially after I had seen last year results
What to do?
A random picture of a kid, taken from web is not an option, as well a friend’s children picture.
So, let’s go in the past.
At the end, even if my mother’s grandpa was a professional photographer, I started taking picture at a way too early age because MY father has the same passion that he had to quit for hand shaking.
Despite dad no longer takes pictures, he sure took cool pictures of me and my brother when we were little children, so I surfed a little in the family archive of pictures taken during the pre-digital-era
Here it was, a picture of a 3-4 yo myself using a computer
The computer suggests it’s a 20+ years old picture, this makes me feeling way too old, but well it’s one of my favorite…
(well, I also love how some friends generally ask me if it’s really me in that picture)
Yeah, even if I might get nothing from this work, I’m having some big fun and appreciating what I have a bit more.
November 20, 2013
Can something happening every year since 2008 be called a tradition?
I am going to
The tradition is: creating calendars 12×18 inches starting from my pictures
The “tradition”, as some might know already, was born just to make a present to the webmaster, parents and funny bro.
With the passing of time it turned into Christmas presents for some friends .
2 years ago, two of these friends (an Italian and an American) said “You should sell this stuff”… and both spent their own money to print the calendars because I had no idea how to send them the calendar.
As you might know, last year I decided to listen to my friends and I started selling calendars.
I didn’t become rich, but I confess, it had been amazing seeing people, among which even a friend who is a photographer, appreciating my work so much to spend some money on those.
Last year I created 7 calendars
This year I wanted to do more, therefore I started in August to think about what to sell
So far I ended up with 15 traditional calendars
(click on the image to see it a bit bigger)
(click on the image to see it a bit bigger)
On the night between Thu 14th and Friday 15th I decided to create what I’m going to call plain calendars, 1 picture and the months:
(click on the image to see it a bit bigger)
In the following days I’m going to see and decide which pictures are available for the plain calendars
According to tradition, these calendars can be customized
- highlighting special days like birthdays,
- removing/changing holidays
- in some of the traditional calendars (especially those intended for kids) it is possible to insert a personal picture
but I’m going to give more details in the following days
Also I’m considering two new things…or should I say products? 0.O
One is completely new, the other one is just a second option for the first 16 calendars showed here.
November 19, 2013
Picture taken on June 2008
Might be interesting for a kids calendar #4?
November 12, 2013
The nth failure
Not surprising but annoying yet
I have the blessing to know people who dare to love
who dare to say: do your best, but you are not defined by this
So true… but I wish I were able to do more.
I have to keep doing my best, at least to thank for this love
At the moment all I have to offer: the slices of Beauty I see
And why not? Despite all I can still keep fighting to increase Beauty awareness
even if I’m going to contribute with just the equivalent of a drop in the ocean
At the end, if 2 seagulls can be the main characters of a something that made people see this Beauty more easily
Yeah, no one is trash.
November 11, 2013
some are just ignored
it doesn’t necessarily mean they are sad and not loved
November 8, 2013
Shocking how water looks like in this picture
I swear I changed nothing in the original picture, probably a slight change in lights, but the effects in the water was all there.
Now I just wonder if it’s a nice thing of just the consequence of not clean water.
Well, I was in a small port when I took this picture but maybe it’s just nature.
November 7, 2013
I grew up studying science.
I live surrounded by scientists (80% of people I have known so far)
In the science world, among the several things you can find, you get to be able to explain a lot with just few signs
This is one of the things that I’ve always found charming about science.
Even if with a different style, photography has the same kind of potential: with just an imagine you can tell and understand a lot.
but the “no, wait, what’s happening here?” moment is rather frequent when I surf through art world
(or what it looks to be art world)
The confusion takes place, mainly, when I read comments of pictures.
90% or more of the times I read the analysis of an image,
I just have to re-read it at least 2-3 times, before I get to understand 1 line.
Really, math complex analysis is easier, and I think I’ve proven I’m not a genius in science
Point is, will I ever get used to art-world speech?
In the best situation.: it feels like they need 1000 words to state “Sicily is an island”, but describing stars formation to say that, again, Sicily is an island…or MIGHT be an island.
It’s in those moments that I have to look for a friend that has the patience to translate what is said in plain Italian (or English).
Io? Speriamo che me la cavo.
November 6, 2013
I was in a slightly dark mood when
going back home I ended up on the alternative way that pass in front of my favorite spot to take picture of Mt. Etna from Catania.
I stopped because I wanted to take pictures of the volcano with the first snow
as soon as I was about to take pictures, the best volcano on the earth decided to set up a few minutes long show
just a cloud of ashes
just what I needed to cheer up
a new picture.