My photo on National Geographic Traveller magazineLocated 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.

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Gay kissA 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.

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Traditionally dressed Qatari men playing a game of aldama (similar to backgammon) in an old arabic style coffee shop, Doha, QatarShooting a few photos at dusk to Doha’s stunning technicolor skyline. Seen from the top of a small hill of this pretty public garden, distant downtown Doha looks like a large expanse of shining and colorful skyscrapers packed against the horizon. Under a dramatic red orange sky all this vertical architectural splendor in front of me symbolises the Qatar’s fast growth and massive investments. On the flank of the hill dropping down gently to the sea, the beautiful winter sunset brought many local couples or families up here to enjoy the view and the pleasant winter temperature.

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