It’s a folly

February 18, 2016

They are all right.
It’s crazy.
It’s stupid.
Yet I find intriguing that they ignore the really freaking shade:
all the pro-reasons I can think of, can be cons-reasons as well.
This is what can lead to real folly.

Looks like it’s again one of those “moments” when I can only hang on what, so far, never vanished.

Tiny pale memorandum - Etna January 2016

No, sorry.
It’s not the most beautiful volcano in the universe.
This is just a tiny and pale memorandum.

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Good and bad

November 19, 2015


Animals never fight with no reasons.

Humans are bad.

They fight with no reason and are never spontaneously good.

Today I spent a day in Boston, alone, and in different moments and places 3 people have been super kind with me, for no reasons (they gained nothing out of those kind acts)

Oh, just personal experience.

True, humans are not animals.

Am I serious?
As much as you desire truth.
Actual truth.

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Little and defenceless

July 14, 2015

Little Seagull - 6th Jun 2015

First desire is going to hide somewhere
Stop caring of the “useless” or simply the not “popular” and “cool”
Not bringing new life to this hell.

Second desire is not to let darkness easily win.

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Probably it’s not the right question

February 24, 2015

Something- 24th February 2015- NKTest

In the last weeks I have been thinking a lot about what to do in the following months.

Future doesn’t look that bright…and it looks even darker when I realize 99% of people I know have similar problems and fears and most have way better skills than me.

I ended up “hating” the time spent dealing with pictures.

 I semi-intentionally lowered my “production”.

Yes, I am being sick so no photography trips.
I am busy with the last two little fights, so no time for photography

Yet, each time I had chance to deal with pictures I just did something else.
Read a book, listened to music and so on.

I was thinking “Not such great value and well, isn’t it silly to seek Beauty when everything around is crashing?”

No, it cannot be silly.
I might fail at finding Beauty but there can be no failure at seeking It

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The elegant arrogance

November 23, 2014

The elegant arrogance - 7th January 2012

I am envious

yes, I wish I were able to display and use the “elegant arrogance”

like this seagull that seems thinking

“The wave hits my rock in a way it bothers me?
No problema, I take off and get back when wave is gone”

I wish I had seen this possible meaning back to when I took that picture in January 2012

Only 3 years ago but too many years ago for a lot of reasons

back then I was just “gloomy captivated” by that dance,

of that elegant weird dance/game the seagull was playing with the sea

Now I just smile, see, record and go ahead.

Not sure this is a good sign.

We’ll see.

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Where are the stairs?

November 1, 2014

Hole, tree in the cave - 18th October 2014 (grotta dei ladroni)

Look, there is light up there!

Do not waste time!

Look! There is a tree growing in the rock and the top of it is outside catching the light!

So what?

Have you ever seen a tree like that?

I don’t see why I should care of trees

Do you think there is a way to go up there?

Don’t be an idiot! Colors, light, beauty, they are NOT real!

But I can see all these 

Go ahead walking in the cave

But it’s so dark in the cave, can’t you see?
Going ahead for what reason?
At the end of the cave there is an exit to go up there in the light?

No exit, just the cave, your world is this accept it, do not be a fool!

I doubt, I’ll keep looking for stairs to go up there, you stay here in darkness if you pleased

You are a loser!
You are nut!


Stairs in cava - 18th October 2014 (grotta dei ladroni)

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Or maybe…

October 25, 2014

A day had been super light

the following super dark

A thought,
like a yelling angry voice,
crossed my mind:
“see? this it the proof you are fooled,
first amazing moments
and then drama,
more than one drama,
all in a day,
dramas bigger than you
one of those will destroy you
You are being fooled and you are fooling yourself”

Then I saw the last picture I shared with friends

Sunset from Rifugio Citelli - 18th October 2014

and a thought,
like a whispering calm voice,
crossed my mind:
“Or maybe it proves exactly the opposite
you are just being invited to never forget about light”

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Can a picture be really enough?

September 12, 2014

As I already told you (and probably keep telling facts about this “event”) two of my friends visited Sicily last month.

During their visit, or better, while they were not interacting with me, I tried to understand how much they were pleased and amazed by the view they were seeing.
“Stunning” and similar adjectives is what they said most. It made me happy.
I was even happier when both, spontaneously, were planning to come back.
Maybe they won’t have time or money in the next future but their intention was sincere: they wanted to see more of Sicily.
That is good.

I often end up thinking about their visit. That’s me, if something of unusual happen I tend to analyse it even for months, it’s like my brain wants to learn as much as possible from that unusual event.

In the last hours,
I have found myself thinking about how much a photograph can replace an actual visit.
Probably this question had been triggered by reading what some of those who share pictures saying: “you don’t need to visit place x, just look at this picture”.
Or maybe it is a question triggered by reading the lines shared by people who cannot travel and say “at least I can see it from pictures”.

Looking for an answer,
I tried to recall all the moments I have been observing my friends observing those things they might have seen in my pictures.
Would they think “To see your land your pictures are enough”?
Even if pride might be pleased by such a sentence, I really hope NO!
When possible (especially if we speak of safe activities as visiting a part of Italy) probably direct experience should be always the best option.

There are many other reasons to learn step by step how to take better pictures.
I might be wrong, but I doubt that is an healthy idea to consider the desire to overcome direct experience as my “engine” to improve.

- August 2014

In the picture you can see “Faraglioni” and “Isola Lachea”. It is a place of a town very close to Catania. I made both my friends visit this part of Sicily but it turned to be new to me too. Since I generally went in this town in mid morning or way after sunset hour, I have never realised how cool sunset could be there (even if it is on Sicily east coast)

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April 17, 2014

Weather is crazy.

Rain clouds and sun seem dancing on the notes of an endless music

They are alternating each other more than once in a few hours

Somehow mood is following this restless rhythm

Camera is turned off and I’ve no idea if I’ll ever turn it on again in the next weeks, maybe even months

If camera will kept off for this long I fear I can say “darkness is winning” or worse “darkness won”.

I’m trying to organise a taking picture day but I might fail…no time, even less energies

I’ve some pictures taken about 2 weeks ago that might be posted but little will to take care of them too

So, even if I know well that the thought”I’ll turn off blog” often triggers an avalanche of new pictures

I might quit activity for a while

Willy Bit?

I have a few of shots already baked and almost ready to be published but we’ll see.
Definitely not before the end of April.


It’s time to drop a (hopefully not) last slice of Beauty I found

Rain drops on rose and rose bud - 5th April 2014 (pseudo-HDR)

Have a peaceful Easter

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Right way?

March 20, 2014

In these weeks  I’m trying to focus more on the Beauty quest that is, day by day, turning into a main activity of my life.

I (had to) think, I should try to move from the “random flash thoughts” that resemble more the chat of a semi-drunk guy to something that is…well… a little more meaningful.

Yesterday I ended up chatting about Beauty with one of the coolest person around.
He gave me hints, I’d speak of “concentrate of thought”, to think about in order to reach my goal.

Best moment, for me, to think about all this is while I walk around just observing what’s going on, or while editing pictures, even if 20 minutes a day it’s worth thinking about my “obsession”, I guess

Just a few minutes ago, while I was editing picture of mt. Etna I took on March 17th my mind has picked one of those condensed  thought: something about beauty and truth, what speaks of truth is beautiful…

Curious, probably my mind has ended up tho that thought because I have recalled that a few seconds before that shot I had sent a message to a friend saying “today Mt. Etna is boring”…and few seconds later Mt.Etna seemed saying “Boring, uh?”.

Mt. Etna at dusk - 17th March 2014
Ooops…what looked boring and lead me to unintentionally say a lie, ended up to be amazing. For the nth time I was amazed of how dusk last so little but brings so lot…and if you live nearby mt.Etna you might end up thinking: “Wow, if there is no lava flow mt. Etna just “disappears” in the dark sky, as a presence that you can’t see and overwatch you; instead while there is at least a bit of lava visible, dusk is the moment when mt.Etna offers one of the best show of the day”

Suddenly, while all these thoughts run through my head, the question “am I sure I’m not giving too much meaning to nothing?” popped in my head.
Suddenly all my work seemed so distant from those reflections on Beauty…like the size difference between a pin and Jupiter.
I know I cannot offer Jupiter but maybe something more than a pin?

And now, I don’t know if it is a sign of “yes, you are on the right way, go ahead”
“Er…I don’t know how to say it…but maybe it is better if you,  just, stop. Sorry”

We’ll see.

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Training eyes: the trivial mysterious beauty of sunsets

February 9, 2014

Outside, after several days of rain and clouds it was sunny.

Sun. Sicilians do know it and as most Italians, they tend to get a little depressed when moving elsewhere where sun is often hiding behind clouds.

I found myself no longer trying to figure out the proof of the theorem I was studying.
I  ended up thinking about sun and clouds.
I ended up thinking about what I said yesterday to the webmaster.

I had put books aways and started to surf through the post tagged with the word “sunset” in my blog.
I can no longer ignore these thoughts
Thoughts about sunset crossed my mind too often during these days to ignore them.

Curious, 4 years ago I had accidentally discovered a passage from a book I have been thinking about recently.

Oh, little prince! Bit by bit I came to understand the secretes of your sad little life…
For a long time you had found your only entertainment in the quiet pleasure of looking at sunset.
I learned that new detail on the morning of the fourth day, when you said to me:
“I am very fond of sunsets. Come, let us go look at a sunset now.”
“But we must wait” I said
“Wait? For what?”
“For the sunset. We must wait until it is time”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

It is surprising how in that post there is the sprout of what I happened to think about in the last hours.

“I am very fond of sunset”.

Yes, most of my favorite pictures tell about a sunset.

A sunset seen from Catania, a sunset seen from mt.Etna, the sunset light reflected by snow on mt. Etna, the sunset in NYC or Venice, a sunset and the silhouettes of people I love or the silhouettes of strangers, and counting…

“Let us go, look at sunset now”.

Yes, I often sneak out for pictures taking at sunset time.

How many times I said to the webmaster or to a family member to go out to take pictures “at sunset time”?

And a few days ago a thought crossed my mind: “What’s more trivial than a sunset?”



It happens, you look at it or not.

It happens, you are living or not

It happens everywhere there is a planet rotating around its axis and a star is nearby

Yet, it is often one of the most captivating moments of the day


I don’t know.

Maybe because it feels like sun is throwing a last cry of beauty, like a farewell from the day, before sinking

A cry that is there, listened only by those who want to listen.

“but we must wait”… “for the sunset. We must wait until it is time”

Etna illuminated by sunset light - 7th February 2014

Assuming I can speak of a skill with taking picture, I owe part of it to sunsets.

Yes, I can define sunset as one of the trivial mysterious beauties that let me training  my eyes for Beauty

Pushed by the desire to take pictures “using” sunset light I learned that sunset-moment starts hours earlier.

I learned to look for a specific kind of clouds.

I learned to observe clouds evolution.

I learned to look for a spot to observe this lights dance.

I learned that I have to wait for the “magic” moment…no math can tell exactly when it’s the moment to take a picture
I just have to observe.


I learned that despite it is important to figure out what is going to happen,
everything can change at the every last moment.

Yes, it is probably one of the most boring events one can be witness of.


You might not know exact second, but it is pretty easy to guess a sunset is going to happen.

Yet, it has the power to put people in silent amazement.

Assuming that one lives more than 100 years and look at a sunset every day, he will never be able to see much more than 36500 sunsets… and I am pretty sure even this long living creature, will never be able to see all possible sunsets, because, even from the same spot, the same sunset can speak differently.

Sunset moment speaks of Infinite.

And now, I am thinking about what a friend said about 9 years ago. He is the first person who spent his time looking at my pictures and who gave me advices to improve. He once said: “Find something to make unique your picture of a sunset, because everyone is able to take pictures of a sunset”.

I answered back that a picture is unique by definition.

Now I understand a bit better what he meant but I still wonder: is there more than looking for a unique picture?

I think so.


Because even the most rational creatures, after listening to my “delirium” about sunsets starts looking at the sky waiting for a sunset and maybe, someday, sending me via phone a picture of a sunset he can see and I cannot

Sunset on Venice by The Webmaster - 6th February 2014

like a present to tell me Beauty is even there where he has to go.

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