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MEXICO CITY – streetwise

More small windows on the sweet maze comprised by the streets of Mexico City.

 

 

 

Two performers from the theatre group Teatro del Parpadeo practice a scene from their upcoming performance on a pedestrian street.

Seems you never know quite what to expect when out and about prowling big city streets witha camera. These are two performers from the theatre group Teatro del Parpadeo rehearsing a scene from their upcoming performance on a pedestrian street.

 

 

 

 

 

A young lady sets up shop displaying vintage Polaroid cameras and contemporary handcrafts at a small rooftop bazaar.

A young lady sets up shop displaying vintage Polaroid cameras and contemporary handcrafts at a small rooftop bazaar.

 

 

 

 

 

Looking over the shoulder of one of the waiters at the Canalla's restautrant, in Mexico City's historic center.

The unusual view you get while peering over the shoulder of one of the waiters at the Canalla’s restautrant, in Mexico City’s historic center.

 

 

 

 

 

Playing a little sunday morning "futbol" among amigos.

There are few better ways to keep fit and entertained than playing a little sunday morning “futbol” among amigos.

 

 

 

 

 

Forget sweeping. Everything in Mexico City requires a daily scrub-down with frothy soapy water. The amount of dust that falls on the city from surrounding drylands is quite impressive.

Forget sweeping. Everything in Mexico City requires a daily scrub-down with frothy soapy water. The amount of dust that falls on the city from surrounding drylands is quite impressive.

 

 

 

 

 

Why make a standard boring bench that could seat four for about a hundred bucks when you could have a fancy two-seater hippo-shaped bronze contraption? Because Mexico City supports its artists, which is more and better than can be said of most places...

Why would a city council opt for a fancy two-seater hippo-shaped bronze contraption when a standard issue bench could seat four people for about a hundred bucks? Because Mexico City supports its artists, which is more and better than can be said of most places…

 

 

Hope you enjoyed.

Alessandro Ciapanna

GHETTO – Rome’s Jewish neighborhood

The beauty, the grace, the style, the ruins. Rome’s ghetto is like an ancient city within an ancient city.

 

 

 

 

The ‘fontana delle tartarughe’ – turtle fountain – is easily one of Rome’s most beautiful and sits in Piazza Mattei, on one edge of the ghetto.

 

 

 

 

True to tradition: if you don’t have a clothes dryer, the laundry goes on the drying line.

 

 

 

 

Antique book and art shop. The chair with a large rock on it bears a sign saying ‘pre-occupied’.

 

 

 

 

Rome has so many foreigners that it is not unusual to spot signs in both Italian and English.

 

 

 

 

Love thy neighbors. but also always lock the door.

 

 

 

One end of the ghetto is determined by a huge ancient amphitheatre, the Teatro di Marcello.

 

 

 

 

If these walls could speak, they would have a lot of stories to tell.

 

 

 

 

Tip of the iceberg: this ancient column on Via del Portico di Ottavia continues under the pavement for several meters, to where the ground level was in Roman times.

 

 

 

 

Every good meal ends with a caffe’. ote the ancient bas-reliefs in the walls.

 

 

 

 

Stylish Roman ladies chatting away on a cold but sunny may day.

 

 

 

 

Thankfully, there is no shortage of benches in this charming area.

 

 

 

 

This unassuming little door leads into what many swear to be Rome’s best bakery. Closed on saturdays.

 

 

 

 

We’re young, we’re handsome, we’re well-dressed, it’s springtime and we’re in one of the most beautiful cities in the world – of course we’re happy!

 

 

 

 

There’s always time to catch up on the latest news. Ladies enjoying some street conversation.

 

 

 

 

Sitting at a kosher restaurant in a warm shank of midday sunlight.

 

 

 

 

Going home for lunch. Note the ancient architectural elements integrated with the more recent ones.

 

 

 

 

A painter’s display between parked cars and motorcycles.

 

 

 

 

Cellphones, Vespas and skullcaps. you’re in Rome’s Jewish ghetto, baby!

 

 

 

 

Physical barriers determine the ghetto’s outer limits. Unwieldy, these are designed to allow wheelchairs through but not motorcycles.

 

 

 

 

There’s just too much going on. I think i’m just going to doze off for a while…

 

 

I am not a historian, so for hard facts about Rome’s Jewish ghetto you will have to look elsewhere. All i can say for sure is that history has conspired here to create one of Rome’s most charming areas. The close-knit sense of community exudes from every corner: people chatting away, laughing, smiling, sitting, strolling…

The ghetto’s run-down look goes back to some papal bull (i’ll say!) forbidding Jews from owning houses. And you’re obviously not inclined to maintain what you don’t own.

The remains of ancient Rome literally jut out from every wall or break through the surface of the pavement.

Finally, one mention goes to the local eateries, catering to both Romans and skull-capped tour groups from New York. The food in the ghetto is easily among the best Rome has to offer. And if you can make it here in springtime, you can’t possibly leave without trying one of rome’s proudest and oldest recipies: i carciofi alla giudia, literally ‘Jewish style artichokes.’

Pictures taken at lunchtime on may 14th.

Alessandro Ciapanna

CHINA TODAY – a photo essay

big city street scenes from an extraordinary country

 

 

 

 

i got you covered. shanghai, china

 

 

 

 

loose ends, shanghai, china

 

 

 

 

oh, the car will be fine right here… i’ll only be gone a few minutes anyway. shanghai, china

 

 

 

 

recycle tricycle. shanghai, china

 

 

 

 

yeah, sure. i can talk now. i’m only in the middle of a busy street. shanghai, china

 

 

 

 

bicycle? sure. if you put an electric motor in it…

 

 

 

 

chef relaxing. shanghai, china

 

 

 

 

processing an until-recently-alive turtle. yuck. shanghai, china

 

 

 

 

fixing the lamp. china

 

 

 

 

the object is to dance and swing without dropping the ball off the racket. china

 

 

 

 

let’s just sit and wait. a boat is bound to come by, sooner or later…

 

 

 

 

are you sure you really want to stand in that huge line just to see a dead mao? beijing, china

 

 

 

 

keep it moving! stand up strait! no, i’m not going to stop. i’m payed to scream at you all day. beijing, china

 

 

 

 

you, soldier! take this enamel basin and start scrubbing! beijing, china

 

 

 

 

so… tell me again why this guy is such a big deal? beijing, china

 

 

hope you enjoyed this.

alessandro ciapanna