La piazza è vuota, nuvole grigie si stagliano all’orizzonte. Tutti sono a casa. Ma c’è ancora chi attende, pigramente appoggiato alla fontana che domina la piazza. Un amico, una telefonata. Ma è un attimo, alle prime gocce, l’ultima presenza si dileguerà.
This shot makes me think about all those situations when a street photographer is discovered while he’s shooting. It’s not rare that the first sign is a raised hand…but the meaning? Is he warning me, asking me kindly to stop? Normally the doubt would have stopped me. I like taking candid scenes but not necessarily against the will of subjects I’m trying to portrait. But in this case the scene was too inviting: despite the unstable weather, these guys were going around in Rome in an unconventional way, with a kind of bike I had never seen before. I liked them immediately. But I had a 35 mm on my camera, so I had to wait enough for having the right view and frame on them. So I took my shot with the doubt about that raised hand. It was just a moment because when I took the camera off my face, he was already smiling. His hand was just saying “hello!”. I replied with another smile and maybe with some gratitude. It’s nice when people, even photographed without a previous request, understand you haven’t a gun in your hand, it’s just a camera!
This was the first shot of that day…it was the perfect beginning. It gave me a smile that was with me all the time.
Questa foto mi fa pensare a tutte quelle situazioni in cui un fotografo di strada viene scoperto mentre sta scattando. Non è raro che il primo segno sia una mano alzata…ma il significato? Mi sta avvertendo, chiedendomi gentilmente di smettere? Normalmente il dubbio mi avrebbe fermato. Mi piace fotografare scene ‘candid’ ma non necessariamente contro la volontà dei soggetti che sto cercando di ritrarre. Ma in questo caso la scena era troppo invitante: nonostante il tempo minacciasse pioggia, questi ragazzi andavano in giro a Roma in modo non convenzionale, con un tipo di bici che non avevo mai visto prima. Mi sono piaciuti subito. Ma avevo il 35 mm montato sulla mia macchina fotografica, così ho dovuto aspettare abbastanza per avere la giusta inquadratura. Alla fine ho scattato con il dubbio per quella mano alzata. Ma è stato solo un attimo, perché quando ho tolto preso la macchina dal mio viso, lui stava già sorridendo. La sua mano stava solo salutandomi. Ho ricambiato il sorriso, persino con un po’ di gratitudine. E’ bello quando le persone, fotografate inavvertitamente, capiscono che non hai una pistola in mano…diamine, è solo una macchina fotografica!
Questo è stato il primo scatto di quel giorno … è stato l’inizio ideale. Mi ha donato un sorriso che è rimasto con me tutto il tempo.
Last carnival I had my usual walk looking for interesting masks and disguises and, sure about where to find them, I went in Piazza Navona, usual place in some days for street shows and other pleasant occasions for meeting friends and people in general. I love these occasions because it’s pretty easy to get closer to subjects and take, without any great risks, effective candid shots and streets pictures. Actually, some people, especially street artists, when get aware of you while shooting, doesn’t get angry but smile and pose…of course every hope of taking a candid shot is lost but some portraits taken in that way are very nice. Anyway, most of the times they are so engaged in arranging the stage or with some other activity, so they basically don’t care about you at all.
It was a very profitable sunday, I went back home with a good lot of sound shots. I had my usual session of postproduction for the black and white version. I hope I didn’t diminished the poetry of those moments that can seem just funny but, for me and anyway in my opinion, are a tender bridge towards some far but not forgotten ages where we could watch a puppet show by child eyes and get excited or enchanted.
This is a selection of shots taken on that day, I hope you could enjoy.
A moving stage for a show performing around the square
Pulcinella doesn’t need any introduction
An old and notorious show: the Puppets!
meeting between different heights and smiles
Mask during a deserved break
the chasing mask
This is a shot taken near St Peter square in Rome. Walking around it’s very easy to meet priests, monks and other religious figures. But this scene catched my attention (and made me smile, I confess) for the contrast of the colors of theirs habits but, even more, why the color seemed to highlight the mood of each nun: black and gloomy on one side, white and smiling on the other side. And looking at the first one from right, I have to suppose what terrible troubles she had in mind!