Emilia-Romagna Bits

This is not the usual photo gallery from a trip to the Italian province of Emilia-Romagna. It is really hard to stay away from the historical and architectural sites of cities like Bologna or Parma, or the world-famous lasagna and parmesan cheese, both so famous about these two places, for that matter.

I tried to point my camera at the unusual, while I was there. I was looking for frames that will either capture a moment or something showing the feeling one gets in Emilia-Romagna. I think I managed to do so, at least for my own benefit in the days to come. As for you… I’ll let you decide on your own.
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Zurich – A Black And White Mask

Up until yesterday I intended to show the way I saw Zurich in every bit of color the rainbow holds and the city deserves. Contrary to popular believe, the biggest Swiss city is not all about finance and posh boutiques. It has so much life in it that a cold and rainy February weekend does no justice to. It deserves the rays of the sun to fall on it 365 days in a year.

For months I have worked down the 260 something frames I have shot to about 50. And when the time came for the final touches and choice to be made I learned that a close friend of mine is going through a rough patch. This fact has immediately changed my plan and I opted to publish only the black and white photography set I already had in mind.
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Amsterdam: In Living Color

24 hours. This is precisely how much time we needed to be completely taken over with Amsterdam.

In these twenty-four hours we saw much water in the canals and pouring down from the heavens above, brightly shining sun accompanied by dynamic clouds, Rijksmuseum and Vincent van Gogh’s one, old houses, boats, millions of bicycles and toddlers looking like little angels – blond curly hair, blue eyes and pink cheeks. There was also so much ganja in the air that one couldn’t help, but think about the cliché usually attached to experiencing Amsterdam. Well, I have news for you. The Netherlands’ capital city has way too much to offer and it certainly beats all the hashish related associations.
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Berliner Euromaidan

Lately, every travel I take upon offers me a meeting with a political protest or pride parade. Last Sunday (March 9, 2014) I witnessed the Berliner Euromaidan – a procession of Ukrainians against the alleged dislocation of Russian armed forces in Crimea. I say alleged, mainly because the Kremlin insists that the soldiers, not bearing any marks on the streets of the Ukrainian  peninsula, are not theirs.

There is so much said, written, reported, analyzed and commented on already… There are so many questions I have… I won’t lie by saying that I am a bit lost in the haze of information concerning Crimea. On one hand Russia has a fully functional Black Sea base on the territory of Ukraine and on the other there are troops in Russian uniforms (without the necessary identification signs) patrolling the streets of a sovereign country and taking ground at Crimean airports. On one hand Euromaidan happened because of Ukrainians having enough of being ruled by corrupted politicians and on the other a vast and very well-organized protest campaign approach in social media, press, TV and offline is observed…
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Istanbul – A Fairy Tale

All along I thought I had shown you the pictures from our trip to Istanbul, Turkey at the last days of 2011 and the first ones of 2012… I’ve realized I never did.

I have never showed you the view from the inner side of Topkapı Saray’s west gate uncovering the Blue Mosque… Or the group of friends strolling down an alley at the Spice Market while laughing at each others’ jokes. Or the many-many mosques that reign on every hill of this enigmatic city. Or the true marvel of Istanbul, which is taking a walk in the small and not frequently visited by tourists streets on the west bank of the Golden Horn. The old houses and their ambiance that seems totally disconnected from the hectic pace the world moves by on the main streets of the old Turkish capital. Or the shoeshiner and his customer who were exchanging pleasantries in an incomprehensible language to me while the former was doing what he does for living. Or the geometric perspective I have witnessed in probably the greatest temple of God I have ever set my foot in – Hagia Sophia.

I’ve never done any of this. So, now I do.
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