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Photo Series #01: Monsoons- Under a heavy rain

Photo Series #01: Monsoons- Under a heavy rain

Photo Series, Photography
Today, I want to inaugurate a new initiative that I hope to repeat every week, time permitting. The idea is to publish, once a week a photo series of 10 or 12 frames, on a specific topic, like an online exhibition. These photographic series will also be posted on my profile Instagram and Twitter, as well as on my main website and any photos from the series can be purchased as a signed print. The photo series of this week is titled: Monsoons – Under a heavy rain  These 12 photographs tell of an afternoon in Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam, at the end of the monsoon season. As I walked, suddenly it broke loose a heavy storm and in…
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Food Photography: the sea urchins

Food Photography: the sea urchins

Food Photograhy, Foodalicious
This time, the subject of my photo shooting is an extraordinary seafood, the symbol of my land, and delight to the palate: the sea urchin. Prickly but elegant coffer of the finest flavours and scents of the sea, this marine invertebrate is very photogenic thanks to its special and unique armour of thorns and to the elegant symmetry of the pulp inside, often vibrant and inviting. A dive into my past, when “andavamo a fare i ricci” When I was younger, “andare a fare i ricci” (dialect word to say to go fishing sea urchins), it was one of my favourite activities. At that time, hopefully, we lived much more ‘in harmony with nature and with the sea, without too…
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Food Photography: Zeppole, St. Joseph’s Day Traditional Italian Pastries

Food Photography: Zeppole, St. Joseph’s Day Traditional Italian Pastries

Food Photograhy, Foodalicious
The subject of this new photo shooting is a dessert that takes me back in time to my childhood, when the days leading up to Father’s Day, the house was filled with a sweet scent of hot beignets and custard. I’m talking of “Zeppole di San Giuseppe”, delicious baked buns (also fried), filled with custard and decorated with icing sugar and cherry. A pastry for daddy According to tradition, these creamy donuts, are served on St. Joseph’s day, when Italy is celebrating Father’s Day. The days before this celebration, in my native village, Mola di Bari, in almost all the houses are already beginning to prepare the donuts, and local bakeries are full. I’m lucky to have an amazing chef,…
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Puglia mon amour  – 10 days of pure enjoyment

Puglia mon amour – 10 days of pure enjoyment

Street Photography, Travel, Travelogue
I have recently returned from a 10 day trip in Puglia, my homeland, where I decided to celebrate my 40 years, surrounded by my family and my loved. Waiting for a new photographic journey, this was a great opportunity to immerse me in the atmosphere, the smells, the sounds and the flavours of my homeland. This time I left home the Leica kit because I’m going to arrange a few of Food Photography sessions, to photograph a bit ‘typical Apulian food and produce new material for sale. For this reason, I have brought with me the Canon 5D Mk III, with 24-70mm f2.8 and 100mm f2.8 macro lenses, which then is that I use more ‘for this kind of photography…
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Two steps in Coventry

Two steps in Coventry

Leica, Street Photography, Travel
This week I was in Coventry, Great Britain, for work and, as always, even though I knew that I would not have so much free time, I have brought along my little Leica M. “You never know,” I said, every new place has always something interesting to photograph. During the week I have had no time, but on the last day, waiting for the flight, I had about three hours to explore the city. So, I left the hotel at 8:30 and, with the Summicron 28mm, Summicron 50mm and the Voigtlander 21mm, I went out for a walk. Here’s what this interesting british city gave to me: The ruins of the ancient Cathedral of Saint Mary Very beautiful and photogenic is…
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Back from the Leica event, in Wetzlar, I learned that … (impressions)

Back from the Leica event, in Wetzlar, I learned that … (impressions)

Leica, Photography thoughts
The new Leica M10 is a very good camera, really… Ok, don’t need to go up to Wetzlar to know it, but, to see it and test it, in the place in which it was conceived, it has another effect. The new Leica M10 is a thought product, reasoned, tailored to the photograph, like a perfectly cut and stitched suit by a tailor. The body, in addition to being accurate in every detail and massive in the hands, heavy the right, has very few external buttons, only the ones you need to do photography. The viewfinder, wider and brighter, takes you immediately to the center of the stage,  eliminating all kind of distractions. It is a camera built “only” to do…
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Photographing Polignano, with a stormy sea (and my Leica M)

Photographing Polignano, with a stormy sea (and my Leica M)

Italy, Landscapes, Leica, Photography
Not always a cloudy day with strong winds means not being able to take good pictures, especially if you are in that wonderful land that is Puglia. These days, in fact, I am here in my hometown, to celebrate the New Year with my family and, of course, I have with me my Leica M and some lenses. A few days ago, the weather was not the best, raised a strong wind that made me immediately think of how great it is the stormy sea, in the winter season. And so, given that just a few kilometres away from my hometown, Mola di Bari, there is the beautiful and scenic village of Polignano a Mare, perched on a cliff overlooking…
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Video Inspiration: Interview with photographer Alex Webb

Video Inspiration: Interview with photographer Alex Webb

Inspiration, Video
Today, I want to give you some sort of photography inspiration, inviting you to watch this beautiful interview with Alex Webb, the famous Magnum photographer, a strong reference and inspiration for my photography. If you ask me, which famous photographer you would love to be, if you could turn yourself into it, I would surely answer, Alex Webb. If you do, or like street photography, you will find this video really inspirational and full of interesting comments. The way he uses vibrant colours and creates multilayers images is exactly what I want to achieve in my photography and also I find a lot of me in the way he conceives his photos.  There is so much life his photos, that each of them can stand alone…
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Big News: I’ve been invited to the Leica special event on January 2017

Big News: I’ve been invited to the Leica special event on January 2017

Leica, News
Today I received an email that made me happy as a child, and I never imagine it could ever happen. An early and very welcomed, Christmas gift. I’ve been invited to the special event Leica, at the Leitz Park in Wetzlar, “Celebration of Photography”, a two days event, where most likely will be introduced the new Leica M (10?),  and where there will be the award ceremony and the meeting with the great photographer, Joel Meyerovitz. Here is the invitation and the confirmation of the event registration “Dear Mr Parente, Dear friends of photography and the Leica brand, As you know, we have been concentrating on “Das Wesentliche” for more than 100 years. Concentrating on what makes our hearts beat faster: Photography. The art of photography.…
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