MACRO PHOTOGRAPHS ON THE FLOWERS: ROSES, 3 VARIATIONS ON THE THEME

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There is not a flower that, like the rose, can offer the possibility of having fun in the photo shoot. The macro images were then graphically presented in vertical strips, obtaining a chromatic effect that enhances even more the beauty of a flower that has always enchanted poets, writers and … photographers. A tip: take a look at Marysia Zipser’s Blog, where she posted interesting stories on the subject of the rose: https://www.artculturetourism.co.uk/blog/our-roses-and-what-they-mean-to-us

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Non c’è un fiore che, al pari della rosa, puo’ offrire la possibilità di divertirsi nelle riprese fotografiche. Le immagini macro sono state poi graficamente presentate in strisce vertificali, ottenendo un effetto cromatico che esalta ancor più la bellezza di un fiore che da sempre incanta poeti, scrittori e…fotografi. Un suggerimento: date un’occhiata al Blog di Marysia Zipser, dove ha postato interessanti storie sul tema della rosa.

 

APRIL 22, #EARTHDAY / THE WONDERFUL LESSONS OF A SMALL SNAIL #1

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I think the snail can be considered the symbol of these months related to the coronavirus pandemic. In its existence, in its slow and cautious movement, in its being protected by its shell (its home, from which it never separates), the small snail offers us great teachings. They are those who come to us from nature, from Mother Earth, to whom a World Day is dedicated: it’s tomorrow, April 22. As I like to photograph the state of the decompositions of city walls and industrial materials, so I love to photograph snails, their movements, their living environment, their beautiful colors.

The snail shell-house also offers us a range of colors and designs that envy the creations of the best designers in the world. Her aesthetic beauty is accompanied by her modalities and her lifestyle. The snail invites us all to slow down, to stop to observe the natural beauties, to look better at the environment in which we live. It gives us, in its own way, another lesson that we may have learned from these lockdown days for covid-19. Mother Earth can save us, even against the worst viruses. And that the worst viruses, if we look carefully, can spread precisely because we have massacred our natural living environment. The little snails at the center of these photographic sequences that I made are here to remember it. Have a good trip! In slowness and security!

Earth Day 2020

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Penso che la chiocciola possa essere considerata il simbolo di questi mesi legati alla pandemia del coronavirus. Nella sua esistenza, nel suo lento e cauto muoversi, nel suo essere protetta dal suo guscio (la sua casa, dalla quale non si separa mai) la piccola chiocciola ci offre dei grandi insegnamenti. Sono quelli che ci arrivano dalla natura, da Madre Terra, alla quale è appunto dedicata una Giornata mondiale. Come mi piace fotografare lo stato delle decomposizioni dei muri delle città e dei materiali industriali, così amo molto fotografare le chiocciole, i loro movimenti, il loro ambiente di vita, i loro stupendi colori.

Il guscio-casa delle chiocciole ci offre peraltro una gamma di colori e di disegni che fanno invidia alle creazioni dei migliori designers del mondo. La sua bellezza estetica è accompagnata dalle sue modalità e dal suo stile di vita. La chiocciola ci invita tutti a rallentare, a fermarci ad osservare le bellezze naturali, a guardare meglio all’ambiente in cui viviamo. Ci dà, a suo modo, un’altra lezione che forse abbiamo appreso da queste giornate di lockdown per il covid-19. Ossia, che è l’ambiente, la Madre Terra, che ci può salvare, anche nei confronti dei peggiori virus. E che i peggiori virus, se ben guardiamo, possono diffondersi proprio perchè abbiamo massacrato il nostro naturale ambiente di vita. Le piccole chiocciole al centro di queste sequenze fotografiche che ho realizzato, sono qui a ricordarlo. Buon viaggio! Che sia lento e sicuro!

THE VIDEO: MAGNI-FLOWER (MAGNIFICATION OF ALPINE FLORA)

Magnification of flowers… Series of photos dedicated to the colors and shapes of the alpine flora. Soundtrack: Prelude n.7 by Chris Zabriskie.

© Roberto Alborghetti

© Roberto Alborghetti

 

LAND ROVER MAPPING: MESSAGE # 1, “TRUE NAVIGATION BEGINS…”

The Ghost Bus is travelling to the Land of Robin Hood and to Beeston again. Showing at Chilwell Arts Theatre, on FRIDAY 9th MARCH 2018, from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm. I would like to cordially invite you to join ACT’s Marysia Zipser and esteemed guests to salute a rusty old Land Rover discovered at Bartons’ Garage, in Chilwell, Beeston (Nottingham, UK). So, join us for an epic voyage through the colors and shapes of an old and rusty Land Rover.

Can you believe that this art is from an old Land Rover?

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VIDEO: ART, HISTORY, STONES AND FLAVOURS FROM ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN VILLAGES

Bovino is an enchanting village of the Daunia Mountains, officially elected as one of the “Most Beautiful Villages in Italy” (Foggia, Apulia). #weareinpuglia #puglia.

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ROME: WHEN ADVERTISING DESTROYS THE BEAUTY OF A PANORAMA…

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Okay, we agree. We live in the world of advertising and smartphones (which day by day are unnecessarily more powerful). But it is not the most aesthetically pleasing the large billboard (about a smartphone) that in Rome is obscuring the focal point of St. Peter’s Basilica from Umberto Primo Bridge, along Tevere River. But have the City and the Mayor of Rome noticed it? Apparently not … So we list it in the avoidable ugliness album.

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Ok, siamo d’accordo. Viviamo nel mondo della pubblicità e degli smartphones (che di giorno in giorno sono inutilmente sempre più potenti). Ma non è il massimo dell’estetica  il grande cartellone (su un nuovo smartphone) che a Roma sta oscurando il punto focale della Basilica di San Pietro da Ponte Umberto Primo, lungo il Tevere. Ma il Comune e il Sindaco di Roma lo hanno notato? Pare di no … Così lo elenchiamo nell’album delle brutture evitabili… Speriamo se ne accorgano…

 

 

WALKING MAN AND STANDING MAN: THE  IMPRESSIVE SCENE IN LONDON CREATED BY SCULPTOR SEAN HENRY

 

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Walking along the Canal path, at Point Complex at Paddington Basin, not so far from Little Venice area, in London, I had the great surprise to admire two statues. Or better: a scene “depicted” by two statues…

They are sculptures representing two men: one is walking and the other is standing. The two giant sized men are facing each other, at some meters of distance. Both are life-size or maybe a bit taller and are cast from bronze and painted with oil paints. And if you pass there at the rush-hour, they mix themselves among the crowd.

The two statues were created by the British Sculptor Sean Henry and displayed at Paddington Basin in 2003 (as an inscription says). Of the same artist we can also admire in London the three statues called Man With Potential Selves, that are located in the lobby of the The Cumberland Hotel.

Yes, very impressive sculptures indeed. So “normal”, so “human” but so impressive! Whether you are a Londoner, or tourist visiting London get yourself along to Paddington Basin to have a look of Sean Henry’s masterpieces, Walking Man and Standing Man, and the Man With Potential Selves at The Cumberland Hotel. I warmly recommend you this.

The two statues at Paddington Basin evoke a sense of estrangement that accentuates the anonymity that usually attacks us when we are in a great metropolis. And then, inside us, questions and thoughts begin to raise. The bronze statues by Sean Henry help us to make a responses space. And to find out, once again, how art is close to people, to their soul, to their thoughts.

NOTTINGHAM, THE CITY OF ROBIN HOOD WHERE THE RED BRICKS MAKE UP A SYMPHONY OF COLORS…

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Nottingham is the City of Robin Hood, of the Laces and… of the Red Bricks. Wandering and strolling along its streets is like jumping in a wonderful palette, where red is everywhere, as my photos are showing and tellin’ in this post. Palaces, buildings and walls make up an extraordinary symphony of colors where red dominates and invades your senses and your ability to perceive. In fact, red is also the main colour of the same Ghost Bus Project. born and developed in the Land of Robin Hood…

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/the-ghost-bus-project/

 

 

Nottingham has been named in The Guardian’s list of the top places to go on holiday in 2016. The city was picked out due to the recent announcement that it was to be a Unesco City of Literature, joining only 11 other places worldwide to be given the accolade. Nottingham was named alongside places such as Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Lima in Peru, Le Marche and Chianti (Tuscany) in Italy,  Myanmar…

A report on The Guardian website reads: “The city (and county) has links with DH Lawrence, Lord Byron and Alan Sillitoe, as well as 1974 Booker Prize winner Stanley Middleton and playwright and TV screenwriter William Ivory. Festival of Words is in October, and the city will continue to promote its “Rebel Writers” in an Arts Council-funded project, Dawn of the Unread and new writers via Nottingham Writers’ Studio.”

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2016/jan/01/2016-holiday-guide-where-to-go

A GREAT HONOUR FOR ME! MY PHOTO ABOUT SALA REGIA (VATICAN, ROME) CHOSEN FOR THE PRESS RELEASE OF INTERNATIONAL CHARLEMAGNE PRIZE AWARDED BY POPE FRANCIS

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Photo by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – SALA REGIA, VATICAN PALACES, ROME

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Pope Francis has been awarded the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen, the oldest and best-known prize awarded for work done in the service of European unification. The announcement was made in the city of Aachen; the Pope will physically receive the award at a date still to be set, in Rome.

The Prize is named for Charlemagne, the Franconian king revered by his contemporaries as the “Father of Europe. A communiqué by the Prize Committee said that Pope Francis has sent “a message of hope and encouragement” at a time in which “many citizens in Europe are seeking orientation.”

The Pope – it continues – is a witness for a community based on values which include a sense of humanity, the protection of resources and dialogue between cultures and religions at a European level. The Committee explains that in “recent years Europe has experienced great weaknesses, crises and setbacks” that have seriously pushed back “all the achievements of the European process of integration.”

To all this – it says – Francis opposes a message of hope. Quoting from his discourse to the European Parliament in November 2014, the communiqué says the Pope’s message is a wake-up call for Europe: “The time has come for us to abandon the idea of a Europe which is fearful and self-absorbed.”

And again: “The time has come to work together in building a Europe which revolves not around the economy, but around the sacredness of the human person, around inalienable values.” The Pope – said Marcel Philipp, the Mayor of Aachen speaking to the press upon the announcement of the Award – is the “voice of conscience” that demands we put people at the center of our concerns, “he is an extraordinary moral authority.”

Today the City of Aachen has released the Press Files in which has been included a photo I did in Vatican during my visit in Sala Regia and Sala Ducale where the ceremony will take place next May 2016.