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Thursday, 26 December 2013

December Snapshots!

My friend Andrea in Dublin with his lovely friend Rosa

The kids at the movies on a cold Sunday

Chilling at home with my baby!

The rugby match at the Aviva stadium: go Leinster!

Our Christmas pub crawl 

The shooting with Tiberio for his project

My day trip to Firenze to meet Niccolo' and the girls of Reykjavik Boulevard

Christmas with my kids…

Merry Christmas to you all!
Enjoy these days and feel the love of your closest ones!

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

The Docks of Photography

Hello everyone!

Long time no see,
I'm very sorry for being away from my beloved blog for so long but in the past two weeks finally the deadlines for assignments started to happen and if until a month before them procrastination is still an option, when 5 days are missing and a pile of unread papers starts to get dusty on your desk it means you have to make it happen somehow.

Well, I did! I don't really know how to be completely honest but now all the assignments and projects are done, handled and these papers (which are still dusty…) have been carefully locked in my drawer.
Christmas holidays can actually start and these days I'm trying to let the Christmas mood to get to me a bit because even tho Dublin looks like the usual giant Christmas lights paradise I still haven't felt that much christmassy.
A great pub crawl with my friends and a dinner at home cooked by my dad who came to Dublin for everyone (probably the only proper meal that happened in our house since September…) helped a bit, but hopefully Christmas shopping planned for today will do the thing!

As I mentioned, my dad came a couple of days ago to visit me and as I know one of the (few…) things we have in common is the passion for photography, I thought that being around town with him would have been a great occasion to pop at the Word Press Photography exhibition which is taking place until the 22nd of December in the chq building in Dublin Docks (find more about it here).

 It was my very first time inside of the chq and I was quite surprised of how nice the exhibition area looked like: I like a nice mix between a modern structure and glass and silver surfaces and the old walls of the Dublin docks.
The setting of the exhibit was quite nice too, despite the panels being disposed in a way that made it sometimes tricky to watch at a picture and the one next to it as people got just stuck in between the two (they were displayed as an L) in most rooms.

Being the themes of the photographs quite various, from social issues to war photographs to nature reportages, some of the images showed were quite upsetting, some others absolutely unique.

I must admit: even if I thought some of the war photographs were absolutely stunning the ones that got my attention the most were wither the ones dedicated to nature and its beauty, but also some of the sport pictures, just because they represented very special moments from an absolute unique angle.
Some of them portrayed moments of joy, fatigue, victory, loss, but also freedom and happiness that really moved me.
But they also showed some unedited sides of societies people usually don't know much about which I found really interesting and capturing.

generally speaking: this exhibition which seem to be specific and focused on one particular kind of photography (journalistic one) turned out to be so various that I would recommend it to absolutely anyone.
Yes, some of the photographs are objectively upsetting, but the viewer should be able, after reflecting on the issues they are meant to rise, to detach from the actual issue itself and consider its medium: the photograph.
If able to do so, he will realise that first of all they are amazing example of photography and photo journalism.

Great exhibition indeed, which I will remember for a long time and which I am sure will be just my first Word Press Photography one.
Looking forward to see it again next year.

Nice plus: if you happen to go there during Christmas time you should definitely pop by the Christmas market which takes place outside in the Docks.
Lots of nice food and Christmas presents to free your mind in the fresh air and feel lucky and blessed one more time about what we have.

That should be the main maiming of Christmas…

Have a great one you all! 
In Dublin and all around the world!

And stay tuned..

Friday, 6 December 2013

bday buzz @DeLaPunc

Here I am again!

I can't believe that I was writing here on my blog just this morning…it looks like three days have gone between the last post I wrote and this one I'm about to share, just because what I thought was going to be a pretty relaxing morning ended up being a huge frantic mess!

Basically I lost my credit card.
Well, then I also found it again…
But everything that went in between I am just going to prevent you from knowing.
Some hints of it: a semi-panic attack from a friend which proved my capacity to cool down about it, various plans made up and changed about the possibility to virtually transfer money from my actual bank account into my hands without having a credit card (gotta have to go back to that it might be the biggest invention after the microwave and non-slip socks…), various plans how to escape in another world/country (soon abandoned due to the lack of cash…), a very hysterical father, a very practical mother ("deal with it!" and she dropped the phone…), some very precious friends who actually made me feel so much better.

In the end, the only problem was that I might have had a little too many drinks yesterday night and I forgot about a very random field trip my friends and I took to Clayre's while waiting for my friend's date to come ("men", honestly?! be punctual.).
Yes, I was just about to give up thinking and wondering around this morning when I suddenly remembered about paying my new fake body ring (really…) with my card and leaving it in the machine.
Before realising that, I thought I had left it in De La Punc, where we all went after the first jazz event at Om Diva in order to celebrate the birthday of the shop with some more beer and shopping.
Lovely Gina, the owner, was actually one of these friends who made me feel better this morning, hugging me when I went back to the shop thinking I had forgot my card there after paying my marvellous new elephant neon necklace (really!).

Anyway, as we say in Italy: tutto e' bene quel che finisce bene!
Or simply: thank God I found it.

So now, after a power nap which lasted much longer than Leonardo Da Vinci would have approved, I am ready to share with you the second part of last night.

An incredibly successful event at De La Punc (which we've bee talking about already here) in order to celebrate the first birthday of the shop.

(Gina and me)

It was a very different kind of event from the Jazz night at Om Diva: different music and different people.
I must say: I loved it!
It was the kind of hipstery and fun atmosphere that I would like every party to have.
Also, the beer was free and the dj was playing surrounded by cupcakes: what's better than that?

(Sami and I trying on some of Gina's amazing hats…)

It was definitely the kind of event where you can look around, meet interesting people and so on without forgetting the real reason you went there: celebrate!
And therefor have a blast with a bunch of friends and just enjoy the night.

(Matea, Clemente, Diane and I)

Congratulations to Gina and the De La Punc family for this very successful first year which culminated in a very successful birthday party!

Talking about myself: I'll leave the credit card at home next time, for a series of reasons…

Stay tuned!

And all that Christmas Jazz

Good morning everyone!

Today the weather in Dublin seems to reflect that sense of emptiness and sadness which is pervading many hearts all around the world for the loss of one great man who died yesterday.
Madiba made the history, he was a piece of history and one of the very few remaining examples that yes, men can be good and they are able to achieve incredible things.
He did, and for that and for what he represented we will always remember him.
Hamba kakuhle, Madiba!

But despite the horrible weather of the last couple of days which made it hard to actually be outside in the streets, the Christmas mood is now officially on all around Dublin.
And Christmas mood means Christmas events!

All of you my readers know how much I enjoy a nice party.
And if the party provides lovely jazz music, delicious drinks (Italian drinks, just saying…) and beautiful fashion well, that's definitely my kind of night!

That's why when I got the invitation for the annual Christmas Jazz Night at Om Diva I couldn't wait for it to come.
This year the party was a nice mix between people I haven't seen for quite a long time such as Ruth, the lovely owner of the Divas universe and mind behind all the great parties I've taken part to in the shop, and friends who came along with me to enjoy a glass and live a bit of Dublin behind the scenes…

One very nice highlight was meeting Timothy Ogunyemi, founder of Picture This Dublin City (…
Timmy and I met exactly one year ago in the same place at the same jazz event.
I remember him asking Louise and I to be taken a picture for his upcoming business, Picture This.
Since then, I've been following him and his activity and I must say that I find it exceptional how much it has grown in just one year.
Almost as much as Lou's business have been growing (we talked about her and her new boutique here).
That's why I didn't need him to tell me the news about it and I was so happy to see him again and have the chance to congratulate myself.
The new website of Picture This is being launched soon and I will definitely keep you posted on that, for all the photo lovers, Dublin lovers and not only…

(Timothy of Picture This Dublin City and I #throwback)

Also, I was so happy to have some of my favorite people in Dublin with me: my friends Diane, Matea and Clemente, who share the passion for fashion and the love for life with me and who as I said joined me and definitely made my night even better that it would have been…

(Clemente, Diane and I at Om Diva)

Karen and Sami were there too and looking around at the designer pieces showcased in the shop (especially upstairs, must check that out!) we couldn't help but portraying these amazing designs in a photo shoot.
Talking with Ruth about Flawless Magazine made me this that it will hopefully happen at some point next year, when the Christmas madness will be a memory and we will be left with a lot of new presents and a lot of food to burn down…
Good ideas might help!

(Sami, Karen and I)

(Sami and I outside Om Diva)

Thank you so much to Om Diva and Ruth for another great night…
The atmosphere these ladies are able to create and how funny and nice they are makes it a pleasure to go visit them…
Even just on a rainy day like this, even just for a bit of shopping…
Happy Christmas to all of you Divas!

And you all…stay tuned, this was not the only event of last night!

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Some portraits...

Sometimes I forget how much I love to be in the photographic studio, put on some lights and take photographs.
Trying something new, experimenting, I think I could actually stay inside of that white room for hours and hours without even realising it.
It's almost therapeutic for me, a way to get away from everything else for a while and just focus on what I see through that lens and how it comes out on that scree, which can be sometimes very different from what I had expected…

Last year having Photography as a module during both semester and adding my own personal projects, the studio was basically my second house and there have been weeks when I was actually spending more time in the studio than in my own home…
This year has been quite different until now: it's the last one of college, the one where we need to eventually decide what are we going to do next or what do we like to do best and focus on it.
Because of that, there's been much more writing than photographing in the past four months, but that doesn't mean that photography will always remain my second biggest love.

Today I want to show you some portraits I've taken of Aaron a couple of days ago.
I missed spending time in the studio with him but I haven't forgotten how great he is as a model.
Flawless skin, bright eyes, and guess what?
This time he also had a suit!

It's already Thursday (again!) which means that another week is almost gone, another week end it's coming up and Christmas is getting closer and closer…
I have the feeling that it's going to be one of these years when I realise it's Christmas only when I'm putting a piece of Panettone in my mouth sitting at the Christmas table!
Oh well… let's start the count down, that might help!

Stay tuned!