Since the over three-month Spanish-led state of alarm to fight against the covid-19 pandemic officially ended today, June 21, life is slightly returning to something near normality in Barcelona. A new normality how someone ironically called it. Many bars and shops already reopened while others affected by the covid outbreak will never unfortunately. Soon, the first landed tourists will stroll again along the iconic Rambla pedestrian mall. For about 100 days, the pandemic outbreak gave Barcelona a frightening but somehow beautiful picture of a deserted and soulless city without life and tourism.
Located just outside Munich and considered one of the tourist highlights of the Bavarian capital, the glorious baroque and rococo Nymphenburg Palace was one of my chosen destinations for shooting photos during a recent German trip. Particularly, I was interested in taking some photos of the magnificent Steinerner Saal, a great hall extending over two floors inside the palace and richly decorated with stucco and grandiose frescoes.
Having chosen the worst month for shooting photos for a professional photographer (August) with probably half of Europe’s tourists around me, I had to make sure to be there early in the morning right at the opening time of the palace and hope that very few tourists had the same idea.
Exactly 10 years ago, January 7, 2010, I got my very first sale on Alamy, the largest stock photography agency in the world along with Getty Images. It was a photo I shot to a local farmer I met along with his yak on a remote mountain path in Tibet a few years earlier. A quick shot around midday in a clear day with a strong and horrible light. Nothing of special and neither nicely edited to tell the truth. Anyway, that photo was my first one to be sold by a stock agency and it was published on the Guardian newspaper.
Located in the island of Java, not far from Yogyakarta, Borobudur is the world’s largest Buddhist temple. An authentic masterpiece of architecture built over 1,000 years ago from two million stone blocks in the form of a massive symmetrical stupa wrapped around a small gentle hill. Borobudur was in my photographic list during my last year’s journey across South East Asia.
A few years ago I was shooting photos in Milan, Italy, the city where I grew up. It was a lovely sunny April morning. Blooming trees, a pleasant temperature in the air and smiling people walking in the bustling fashion shopping streets Milan is famous for. Spring was it at its best. I was shooting a picture of a nice young couple seated at a small table against the window inside the trendy Armani Cafe. They looked like perfect models for my unexpected photo: smiling each other, nicely dressed and so optimist in their natural way of being. I couldn’t ask for more. The worldwide famous Armani‘s logo printed in the cafe’s window above their heads was the cherry on top of a successful picture.