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It is 2nd June but it feels like 2nd January

This means no small trip, no day spent at country house, no pictures

I guess this means also “old pictures time”
I have a few picture taken with the Leica V-Lux2 during last winter and spring that I have been able to edit only recently.

Well

City Goat

have a nice day!

Posted June 2nd, 2014.

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Seeking peace

Sunset, clouds and sea - 7th March 2014

I go to the place from which I can see it when I can’t stay home and have no will to go to university

Despite situation is not the most pleasant, it is lovely to study there and take some breaks to contemplate beauty.

Today weather wasn’t the most lovely possible but somehow it was relaxing to observe it

Posted March 7th, 2014.

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A promise and the unexpected little tour downtown

I have an exam in a few days so I had to postpone of an year (for the nth time) the moment of keeping my given word:

“Spend the whole period of 3days of St. Agatha festival going around town with my camera”

Catania is full of photographers and pseudo-photographers in those days.
No one needs my pictures but I keep thinking that the best I can offer is my time and taking pictures,
so I just thought I should try doing this.
Some day.

Despite I had decided this year wasn’t the year I follow the festival,
in the afternoon of the 5th as soon as I said “weird, this year it’s harder to stay home”, my father suggested we could go there after midnight.

Every year he tries to go downtown to “say hi” to the Saint.
He generally goes alone after dinner.

This year I accepted his invite to go with him.

It felt beautiful and strange at the same time, it was like time traveling back to when I was 10 or so and I felt happy like a little girl going out with her father.
Sure I was missing the webmaster and I wished other relatives and some friends were with us
but
I was glad
I was glad of whatever was happening.

Somehow I felt in the right place at the right moment
Trust me, this is a pretty unusual feeling for me

I like to think that is probably the reason that made me feel for days the instinct to go there,
the reason of living this little simple unexpected experience that I will save in my memory and preserve for the rest of my life.

Unexpected, as the whole little tour downtown, came some pictures and the ability to get very close to the Saint.

Many bad things are said about the festival.
Some things are truly bad.

Despite all this the air was filled with good.

It was nice to see people there.

For the first time I didn’t feel unease at taking pictures of people.

It also arrived a picture that is pretty close to the kind I am looking for.

At St. Agatha festival - February 2014

This guy(*), who I hope doesn’t mind I took this picture, offered a nice chance to get close to display the good I look for.
He was standing among the crowd with a truly serene expression on his face.
Or at least looked like he was really glad to be there.

At looking at him I noticed,
with surprise,
that people in a warmer place (the house behind) looked a bit less happy.
They were not sad, they were just looking a bit less glad to be there.
Probably they were just tired (it was 1.20am or so when I took that picture)

I call this one of those “image moments” that seems saying
“A word to the wise…”

I wonder if I should overcome my shyness, get close and start a quick chat with some of them

Definitely I loved how, most people(*) there, seemed testifying
“it is a good moment despite the cold and all life troubles”

At St. Agatha festival - February 2014

Yes, a word to those who want to hear the good among the loud noise of bad

I wished I could stay longer but father has to work and I have to study.

To complete these 2 hours of surfing through Beauty, a last final show I could record only with eyes:
While getting back home, we saw part of the the sky lit by lava light reflecting on clouds

“Yes, this is my hometown, I have to work harder to display it at its best and who knows if someday this can lead to a concrete help”

(*) se vi riconoscete in queste foto e volete che le rimuovo, contattatemi via mail e sarà fatto al più presto

Posted February 6th, 2014.

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Carving out time for Beauty

It’s 2 years now

This crazy dance probably will never end

Unfortunately the music seems directed by deaf and blinded souls

I wonder if who started all this has ever been able to just be happy and glad for a sunset

I fear not

I can only say “ok” to this dance

but I can still force its pace a little

carving out time for Beauty

I don’t mind the best dancers in the world think I’m an idiot

at the end, I know, I suck at dancing

I can’t help I’m the idiot who set up the tradition of going, at sunset time, with the webmaster in “our spot” to see the beauty of our Volcano.

I can’t help, I’m the idiot who ran through a park yelling <<sun, I know I am late, please, slow down!>>

even if, this idiot, is aware enough that well, things don’t work exactly this way.

I’m the idiot who jumped around disappointed because <<Uffa! sunset is already over!>>

to then realize it was just a huge cloud hiding the sun and the best was about to happen

Mt. Etna illuminated by sunset light - 8th January  2014

I’m the idiot who takes picture while “chatting” with a volcano.

Saying what?
Obviously, things like <<please, keep “smoking”, just not too hard to not cause issues to those who live there>>

Me, in front of Mt.Etna - 8th January 2014

I am also the idiot who tries to whispers

“Thank You”

when something beautiful happens.

Posted January 12th, 2014.

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Keeping an eye on reality?

Ursino Castle (detail)I’m trying to study for an exam.
Nothing new.

Didn’t leave home since October 4th except to go to the university a couple of time and going to the mass.

Today it was a sunny day, we didn’t make in time to organize a long trip, as well as weather forecast  weren’t encourauging.

It’s Saturday, why not going out?
Plan was to go to a book store and take pictures at Duomo square.

No.
We ended up to Ursino Castle (not that far away)

Not bad. At least I see it at least 30 days every year and I still have no picture of it in my archive.

Problem is: I spent there about 1hr

Why such a long time?
I had decided I wanted to take pictures from different points of view, so I started walking around and when the “trip” was almost over I found the answer to my question: Why camera isn’t allowing me to set short shooting time?

It was super sunny and with an f 2.8 I couldn’t go beyond 1/60, outside, even if with polarizing filter on it’s weird.

I have been shooting for about 30 minutes worrying that camera was about to die. Sure it was a creative way to day for a camera, a kind of depression before definitive blindness of the sensor… when I realized that it was just me… not depressed, but definitely and essentially: DUMB.

I took picture with the polarizing filter and the darkening filter on.

That’s me!
I restarted the little walk around the castle taking pictures only from those spots I liked more and then got back home.

I tend to be a little, just a little, absent minded, but I “swear”, I’m doing my best to keep an eye on reality.

Trying to.

Posted October 19th, 2013.

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No, sorry. 2-3 centuries earlier.

Catania university log, on a flag - August 2011

A “silly” picture to tell something that happens often.

I “love” to ask to my friends “Guess when was founded Catania university”

No one goes back 1700’s

No, sorry. 1434*
Yeah, before Galileo was born.
Yep, even before Colombo discovered the Americas.

Ok, this is not an important information, I don’t know when were founded other universities and, funny, most people I know studied  at Catania university for years and have no idea of when the university was founded (despite it’s written in the logo that can be seen everywhere)

but I fear answers to my question are the fruit of the unconscious thought “It must be recent” (in Italy something made/born in 1700’s is not that old), since the stereotype wants the Sicilian to be uneducated and rude.
And who gave me that answer is not a “racists” I’m sure they respect me and most Sicilians, but we are all victims of common sense in a way or another.
So, no blame for them, just a bitter smile even because, being this “old” doesn’t mean that university should, needs and wants to improve.

Just saying.

Going back to work on my pictures archive.

*If I’m not wrong it’s the 19th university to be founded in whole Italy

Posted July 26th, 2013.

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The more I think

Liberty style building, moon and clouds

“better I stop”

the more I notice interesting things

Well played, Boss.

Once again

Posted June 30th, 2013.

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Street photography for lazy people

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wait for something to happen under your nose

(e.g. without leaving home)

Not a great technique, though

Posted June 15th, 2013.

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Rain and sunset

Rain and Sunset - 3rd Jan 2013

early January 2013 – Sicily

Posted June 13th, 2013.

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Another personal little thought about taking pictures with smartphones

Symmetries in town – ©photonmessage.com –

It’s taken with a smartphone (Galaxy Samsung Nexus), but sometimes I get nice results with just that too.

I can’t enjoy Instagram filters (not using any of them) but it’s still a good way to publish a shot quickly.

I keep on thinking “no, I’ll never give up my DSLR”.

As well as I keep wondering if the temptation to over edit the pictures is directly proportional to the lack of “pleasure” for taking a picture with a smartphone…

it’s fun, it can be even pleasant sometime, but not THAT soul-feeding.

Posted May 16th, 2013.

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50x70cm to overcome homesickness

The size of the poster that the webmaster will hang to his bedroom wall in a few days (hopefully).

His only request was “Just things from Sicily”.

Attempt to overcome homesickness a little 🙂

PosterPerEmaWhat does it shows?
From upper left cornerMt Etna, a sunflower after a rain of July.
A rose of last May. Water of Pantalica. Java, you know her.
A detail of a Catania fountain, a blackbird, a sunset seen from Catania port. Soap bubble
Ponte dei Saraceni, a garofano,
webmaster’s favorite cat living close to my bro’s house, this cat has just one long tooth and an incredible acting ability, despite it’s clearly properly feed he always asks you for something.
And, of course, a picture of the shadow of his girlfriend taken during our trip to Pantalica.

Posted April 8th, 2013.

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