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A moment frozen in time.

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A moment frozen in time, that’s what a statue is. Whether it’s the anxious look on David’s face after he has thrown the stone or the lifeless head of Medusa held by Perseus, it’s always about that moment, that instant in which everything just stopped and turned into stone.

Today I took my camera with me to take some photos of these beautiful statues in Piazza della Signoria in Florence. As always my 50 mm lens came in handy because I wanted to shoot these statues as if they were real people. The level of detail on these sculptures is just overwhelming. They work in perfect harmony with nature. The light made by the sun and the shadows made by these statues work together to create one of the most magistic things that a man can ever lay eyes on.

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Recycled Fashion

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This is a photoshoot I did some months ago. The idea behind the whole thing was to recycle everyday objects that we all use, put them together and turn them into an elegant dress. The dress was made by Areta (the model) and my friend Sara (Visit her blog at www.7-sevendays.blogspot.it ). The skirt is made of plastic garbage bags while the upper part of the dress is made of  a copper plate that they shaped into a top. My friends at  http://www.bedarumica.org/ once again let us use their studio so a big thanks to them.

Please comment on the photos and let me know what you guys think. I can never get enough feedback. Bob.

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The strange side of Florence

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I made this post in order to show people that Florence isn’t only about renaissance art and architecture. Sometimes when walking through the streets of Florence, you come across some really strange, modern works of “art”. So I wanted to share with you lovely people some of the goofy things that can be found in this magnificent city.

The last picture wasn’t shot by me but by my good friend Sara.

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Sad is beautiful too.

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Today my classmates and I went to visit this amazing group of buildings. I’m talking about an entire city block which is closed to public because it’s been “under construction” for more than 30 years now. The city block consists of three huge courtyards that are surrounded by three story buildings and it also has a three story subterranean parking lot which alone can resolve half of Florences parking problems. 

Every building like every person has its own story. The stoy of these buildings is quite complicated. All of these volumes are constructed on previous, more ancient buildings. The area was previously occupied by a convent in medieval times; In fact, the plan of the current group of buildings echos in a very clear manner that of the medieval Sant’Orsola convent. Sometime in the seceond half of the twentieth-centruy someone had the brilliant idea of covering the whole thing with reinforced concrete (and when I say the whole thing, I mean THE WHOLE THING) and adding new floors on top of the existing ones. This meant covering all of the decorations and all of the Afrescos of the convent with concrete!

Today, as mentioned before, the whole block is closed. We had to ask for all sorts of different permits to be able to enter. There is however something special about this place something that made me think of a phrase I once heard : “Sad is beautiful too.”

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