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La Boca, Argentina

Hello again, fellow bloggers!

Been busy juggling several projects at the same time for the last year or so. Overwhelmed, nearly. So, this post is pretty much to see if i can figure out how to wrap my head around the revamped wordpress interface.

The pictures are from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Specifically, the city-within-a-city that is La Boca, one of the prettiest and most brightly colored urban spaces to be seen anywhere in the world. Where better to take photographs in monochrome?

The captions refer to the pic above them.

 

 

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Murals, murals everywhere…

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You always know it, when you’re in La Boca.

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All things get done at a more relaxed pace here.

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National, international and, crucially, local hero; former footballer Maradona.

The large iron grills are to keep pedestians off the train tracks.

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Artist’s home? Nope: bicycle repair shop.

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The Italian presence is particularly self-evident, in gritty but charming La Boca.

All photographs taken february 2016 with a full-frame dslr.

Hope you enjoyed!

Alessandro Ciapanna

TRASTEVERE – street photography

Trastevere is as Rome as Rome gets. Across the Tiber river from the city proper – hence the name – due to the city’s relentless expansion, this part of Rome is now well within the city. In fact, it is where the original heart of Rome still pulses, quietly, rhythmically…

 

 

 

In Trastevere, some people like to stand.

In Trastevere, some people like to stand.

 

 

 

 

But most people prefer taking a seat.

But most people prefer to sit.

 

 

 

 

Some people will actually pay for preferred seating.

Some people will actually pay for preferred seating.

 

 

 

 

Some actually bring their own plastic chairs, to enjoy a good read or a cool beer.

Others bring their own plastic chairs, to enjoy a good read or a cool beer.

 

 

 

 

And there's nothing like a bench in the shade to enjoy a cigarette.

And there’s nothing like a bench in the shade to enjoy a cigarette.

 

 

 

 

Problem is, there's always someone looking over your shoulder...

Problem is, there’s always someone looking over your shoulder…

 

 

 

 

Too much sitting around! I'm going home...

Too much sitting around! I’m going home…

 

 

 

Trastevere is where you still find tiny, two-storied houses in the heart of the ancient city. On hot summer days – in Rome that can mean well into october – it is normal to keep the front door open on the family dining room, just like in the tiniest of Italian towns in the countryside.

 

Year-round, laundry is hung on lines for drying in the narrow cobbled alleys. Restaurants and pubs hum with life at all hours of the day and night. The streets – lined by little workshops where artisans go about trades unchanged in centuries – are home to an eclectic mix of “trasteverini” and tourists, all garnished with a generous helping of young Americans attending the local, Engish-language universities.

 

Trastevere may be a small part of a large city, but it certainly seems to encompass a significant swathe of the universe.

 

All photographs taken september 2013. More soon. Hope you enjoyed.

Alessandro Ciapanna

PEOPLE SQUARED VI – beach portraits

A final batch of portraits from last summer.

 

 

 

 

An interesting, knowledgeable and incredibly creative person.

An interesting, knowledgeable and incredibly creative person.

 

 

 

 

Micol strikes a pose among the ruins of an abandoned house.

Micol strikes a pose among the ruins of an abandoned house.

 

 

 

 

Augustin forgot his camera's battery charger at home in Seville...

Augustin forgot his camera’s battery charger at home in Seville…

 

 

 

 

Can you Photoshop the stubble away? Of course i can. Will you? Probably not.

Can you Photoshop the stubble away? Of course i can. Will you? Probably not.

 

 

 

 

Handsome Spaniards. With friends like these, who need models?

Handsome Spaniards. With friends like these, who needs models?

 

 

 

 

All photos taken summer 2013 somewhere in the south of Spain. Thanks for looking.

Alessandro Ciapanna