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Archive for ‘October, 2013’

DEAD DOLL HORROR – creepy critters

Question: where do zombie children buy their dolls? In Rome, that would be at  29, Via di Ripetta.

Beware, o you who enter: this is not for the squeamish… If you find the sight of dead dolls disturbing, scroll no further.

 

 

The "doll hospital" has a tiny little window on a narrow cobbled sidestreet, Via del Vantaggio.

The “doll hospital” has a tiny little window on a narrow cobbled sidestreet, Via del Vantaggio.

 

 

Closer inspection reveals the horror in all its dusty detail….

 

 

 

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And then the horror story turns into something completely different. Musician Davide Del Col has used a selection of these creepy images for a music CD to be released soon.

 

 

 

 

Minimalistic: this will be the printed CD.

Minimalistic: this will be the printed CD.

 

 

 

 

This is the spread: front cover on the right, spine in the middle, back cover on the left.

This is the spread: front cover on the right, spine in the middle, back cover on the left.

 

 

 

 

Finally, the inside panels.

Finally, the inside panels.

 

 

 

Rome’s “Doll Hospital” is actually the Squatriti workshop, specialized in the upkeep and restoration of all things antique. This grim window is an attraction to locals and tourists alike, who sometimes stand in line to take eerie photos. Hope you enjoyed.

Alessandro Ciapanna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRASTEVERE IV – street photography

A few more street scenes from the set “only in Trastevere”…

 

 

 

 

How do you keep cars from driving down a narrow cobbled alley in Trastevere? You plunk a large potted plant right in the middle of the street.

How do you keep cars from driving down a narrow cobbled alley in Trastevere? You plunk a large potted plant right in the middle of the street.

 

 

 

 

Motor scooters, on the other hand, are just about everywhere. The armed statue of liberty is by street artist Ella.

Motor scooters, on the other hand, are just about everywhere. The armed statue of liberty is by street artist Ella.

 

 

 

 

Mailbox decorated with street art depicting Vespa scooters on Via del Moro bears a handwritten note asking to please not park scooters in front.

Mailbox decorated with street art depicting Vespa scooters on Via del Moro bears a handwritten note asking to please not park scooters in front.

 

 

 

 

In fact, some of those vintage Italian scooters are so nice, they form part of the decor, as this Vespa in a restaurant on Via della Lungaretta.

In fact, some of those vintage Italian scooters are so handsome, they form part of the decor, as this Vespa in a restaurant on Via della Lungaretta.

 

 

 

 

Scooters not your thing? Trastevere is a prime spot for all your butterfly shopping....

Scooters not your thing? Trastevere is a prime spot for all your butterfly shopping….

 

 

 

 

...or you could push past all the graffiti and just go home...

…or you could push past all the graffiti and just go home…

 

 

 

 

...and spend some time simply looking out the window.

…and spend some time simply looking out the window.

 

 

 

 

Or perhaps you should consider taking advantage of the special offer on the newly-opened beauty salon.

Or perhaps you should consider taking advantage of the special offer at the newly-opened beauty salon.

 

 

Many were probably expecting a caption involving blondes and knockers in the last photo, but i’ll leave that up to the fervent imaginations of all my readers…

 

All photos taken 2013. Hope you enjoyed.

Alessandro Ciapanna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRASTEVERE III – street photography

A few more street scenes from Trastevere, where Rome is at its most charming.

 

 

 

 

Trastevere: tiny houses, potted plants and motorcycles everywhere.

Trastevere: tiny houses, potted plants and motorcycles everywhere.

 

 

 

 

The pace is so slow that even nuns stand around chatting in the alleys.

The pace is so slow that even nuns stand around chatting in the alleys.

 

 

 

 

Hm - the Herald Tribune says there's nothing happening in Trastevere.

Hm – the Herald Tribune says there’s nothing happening in Trastevere.

 

 

 

 

The gelato will always be part of life in Trastevere. The payphone in the background, on the other hand, won't be around much longer.

The gelato will always be part of life in Trastevere. The payphone in the background, on the other hand, won’t be around much longer.

 

 

 

 

And if your favorite ice cream parlor does not provide seating, you just choose a threshold in a leafy alley.

And if your favorite ice cream parlor does not provide seating, you just choose a threshold in a leafy alley.

 

 

 

 

All i hope is that my owner comes before the creeper reaches my windowsill...

All i hope is that my owner comes before the creeper completely blocks my window…

 

 

All photographs taken in 2013. Hope you enjoyed and thanks for being here.

Alessandro Ciapanna