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Urban landscape

Basilica Santo Stefano, Bologna 2019
Piazza Maggiore, Bologna 2019
San Petronio, Bologna 2019
Basilica Santo Stefano, Bologna 2019

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Now in Bologna

Bologna is the capital and largest city of the Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy. It is the seventh most populous city in Italy, at the heart of a metropolitan area of about one million people.

Of Etruscan origin, the city has been a major urban centre for centuries, first under the Etruscans, then under the Romans (Bononia), then again in the Middle Ages, as a free municipality and signoria, when it was among the largest European cities by population. Famous for its towers, churches and lengthy porticoes, Bologna has a well-preserved historical centre, thanks to a careful restoration and conservation policy which began at the end of the 1970s. Home to the oldest university in the world, the University of Bologna, established in AD 1088, the city has a large student population that gives it a cosmopolitan character. In 2000 it was declared European capital of culture and in 2006, a UNESCO “City of Music” and became part of the Creative Cities Network.

Wait a minute, Bologna 2019
Through the piazza, Bologna 2019
Midday walk, Bologna 2019

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To the old primary school

These are few photos from the short walk to the old primary school in Niinikumpu (first picture at the top). The school has not been in use for many years as there are not enough children to attend it in the area. I think the school building has been sold to a family who now lives there.

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The first day of the year

The first day of the year (Hyväslami, Finland)

I woke up. Put on my boots and windbreaker and walked down to the lakeshore. The ice cover had thickened over the night and thin layer of dry snow had covered the ice sheet overnight. It was chilly this morning but the air was clean and crispy. A nice way to wake up. Welcome 2020!

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Winter walk around Niinikumpu

Here is the full series of the black and white photos from the walks around Niinikumpu in Kitee, Eastern Finland.

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Bye bye 2019

Last sunset of the year in Ihamaniemi (Enonkoski)

Last sunset of the year. The temperature is dropping quickly. The ice on the lake is thickening and the lake send strange sounds of bubbling water and ice cracking for long distances and with echos that travel the hills.

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Solitude

I took these pictures during the walk around the hill of Niinikumpu. The electricity poles standing in the middle of snow covered fields seemed to stand in solitude against the winter.

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The tree line

Mi misi a camminare lungo la strada che gira attorno alla collina di Niinikumpu con lo sguardo rivolto al cielo. La nevicata era imminente, ma speravo che non mi sorprendesse a metà strada. Il cielo era di un grigio liscio e monotono. Sembrava che la neve si fosse accumulata tra le nubi e le avesse fatte scomparire. Alla prima svolta a sinistra decisi di proseguire. Se la nevicata fosse iniziata avrei affrettato il passo. Tanto sapevo che la sauna sarebbe stata pronta al mio ritorno e sarei riuscito a scaldarmi velocemente. Passai la casa di alcuni vicini che non avevo mai visto e dei quali non conoscevo il nome. Sulla sinistra la loro casa ad un piano di mattoni. Stonava con il vecchio garage di legno dipinto di rosso. A destra della strada la vecchia stalla che era inutilizzata da anni ed era in uno stato completo abbandono. Sapevo che non avevano mai avuto un cane, ma come sempre mi sentii sull’attenti come se da un momento all’altro potesse saltare fuori un muovo cane da guardia. Accelerai il passo verso il bosco di betulle.

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Winter landscape in Niinikumpu / 7

Farmhouse, Niinikumpu (Kitee)
Wooden barn, Niinikumpu (Kitee)
Birch trees, Niinikumpu (Kitee)

The weather is changing. It is getting colder. The forecast for after tomorrow gives heavy snow.

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Winter landscape in Niinikumpu / 4

Countryside road (Niinikumpu, Kitee)

The road goes in a circle for 6km. It touches birch forests and farm houses. It crosses small water streams which are now frozen. At times it seem the trees are making ways.

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Winter landscape in Niinikumpu / 3

Niinikumpu, Kitee (Eastern Finland)

The trees on top of the hill and the fog that surrounds them. The peacefull winter landscape.

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Winter landscape in Niinikumpu / 1

Snowy landscape. Niinikumpu, Kitee (Eastern Finland)
Niinikumpu, Kitee (Eastern Finland)

There is a strange foggy weather which is not common in this part of Finland. I ma in Karelia. There is snow on the ground but the temperature is mild. The houses are far from each other here in the countryside. I walk the 6km of the loop around the hill and see only a few cars passing by. The days are short and nature is on pause until the early signs of spring in March.

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1970s design

Design is in the details, Ha Noi 2007

Una cosa che facevo spesso quando vivevo ad Ha Noi era andare a fare un passeggiata in quello che viene chiamato Van Phuc Diplomatic Compound. Il compound era la zona nella quale vivevano le famiglie dello staff delle ambasciate negli anni settanta. Nel 2007, quando ho vissuto ad Ha Noi, rimaneva solo l’Ambasciata della Libia. Negli appartamenti vivono oggi famiglie vietnamiti.

Mi piaceva passeggiare tra i condomini anni settanta e notare il design delle finestre o balcono come quello nella foto. Appartenevano al passato un’era nella quale il mondo era diviso tra Stati Uniti ed Unione Sovietica.

One thing I often did when I lived in Ha Noi was go for a walk in what is called the Van Phuc Diplomatic Compound. The compound was the area where the embassy staff families lived in the 1970s. In 2007, when I lived in Ha Noi, only the Embassy of Libya remained. Vietnamese families live in the apartments today.

I liked walking among the seventies-style apartment buildings and noticing details in the design of the windows or balconies like the one in this photo.

Pindi Boys

Pindi Boys, Islamabad 2019

The Pindi Boys come from Rawalpindi, an old city 25km from the capital Islamabad. They drive their motorcycles to Islamabad just before sunset and do their tricks while taking videos on smartphones.

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Carpenters

Carpenters, Ha Noi 2007

Il costo della manodopera rimane basso in Asia. Ma per quanto tempo durerà?

Labor costs remain low in Asia. But how long will it last?

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