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Photographs and blog posts by Arnaldo Pellini

Posts tagged ‘landscape’

Winter wonderland series / 9

Over the knoll, 2019

The countryside in Eastern Finland, close to the border with Russia is more hilly than in the west of the country. There are these soft hills which resemble waves in the open sea. About 150 years ago this part of Finland was covered by forest and bug rocks. The farmers who settled here cleared the land one tree at a time, one rock at a time. Some of those rocks were used to build the foundation for the farmhouses. Hard work that in the winter had probably to stop to wait for the spring and the summer.

This is the last photograph fo this series. Next week I will start a new series of nine photographs from a different country. Different life stories.

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Winter wonderland series / 5

Which way?, 2019

I woke up and went down to the lake. It had snowed a lot over the previous two days. The mark left by the snowmobile where not too fresh but still very visible. Somebody had passed nearby the shore but I could not remember hearing it. The made a small detour thinking about whether to get back from here or continue. The trees were holding the snow and when I turned the image to black and white I thought that it seemed a copper-etched print.

Winter wonderland series / 4

There is this lake in Eastern Finland. It freezes in the early winter and stays frozen until the end of March. It is a large lake and when the winter starts and the temperature drops a thin layer of ice begins to form starting from the shorelines and moving slowly towards the center. Then it can snow and the thin layer of ice gets covered by a white mantle which hides how thick the ice really is. But this is a large lake. Water moves. There are streams and currents hidden under the ice. In the silence of the the winter one can easily hear the sudden sound of cracks or a strange noise as if huge bubbles would try to break and escape the hard ice surface that will cover them until the spring.

Overexposed landscape, 2019

Winter wonderland series / 3

Winter wonderland, 2019

Another photograph from Eastern Finland for the Winter Wonderland Series. I have few more to post. I will see how far I can go with these.

Pyhäjärvi is large lake in Eastern Finland. You can follow it going east and you will end up in Russia after passing the island of Havukkasaari. I think the landscape on the other side of the border it pretty similar to the one on this side of the border. Water. Ice in winter. Island. The line fo the forest at designing the horizon. At the same time, it seems to me that Russia is very far away. Almost unreachable. Unknowable.

Winter wonderland series / 2

Meditating, 2018

A large lake. Frozen landscape. The sky promising more snow. No cars. No roads. Only the sound of the wind

Winter wonderland series / 1

Farming in winter, 2018
Line of defence, 2018
The thin line, 2018

Il fiume Po

 

Winter trees along the Po river

Winter reflections

Po river

Po river

Po river

Winter river

Bridge over the Po river

The bridge over the Po river

Winter river

Po river

Winter river

River landscape

Bridge over the Po river

The bridge over the Po river

Winter reflections

Winter reflections

Along the river Po

Po river

Navigating the Po river

Navigating the Po river

Winter sunset over the Po river

Winter sunset

In December I went back for few days to my hometown, Cremona. The weather was crisp and chilly. One afternoon, a friend asked me whether I wanted to go to the river Po and take some photos. The air was clear, the colours intense, the river was very dry and run slowly along its course. I liked the contrasts between the shadow and light areas of these photos and edited them all into black and white. All photos taken with iPhone SE and edited with Snapseeds.

Nordic winter, some years ago

I am cleaning up photos in old folders. Deleting what I do not want to keep and saving and storing the ones I want to keep and share again. I found these photos taken January  in 2007, right after the new year, on an early afternoon. The light was magic. The lake and the nature very quiet. No wind. Juts the sky, the ice and the sun.

New Year in Finland

New Year in Finland

New Year in Finland

New Year in Finland

New Year in Finland

New Year in Finland

New Year in Finland

Back to some colour at UnaUna!

 

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We travelled to the Togean islands in Central Sulawesi between Christmas and new year. We landed in a small island, off from the main islands of the Togean archipelago, UnaUna.

We stayed in a small resort that was opened only a year ago. It is run by a young couple. He is from UnaUna, she is from Tampere (Finland). The wooden houses with the rooms have a Finnish flavour. Maybe it is the brown paint over the wooden planks, maybe the small porch where one can sit and watch at the sea, maybe it is the fresh bread that is baked every day, or maybe it is that on that small island, in central Indonesia, off the beaten track, I met 6 Finnish people all at once.

I travelled with my Olympus EM OMD 1, with the three MTF lenses I have, all of which fit in a small camera bag: 17mm 1,8, 45mm 1,8, 12-40mm 2,8. The resort looks to the East. When I realised that I thought that I would not take landscape pictures as I am more a sunset person. I checked the sunrise time and thought that for one day I could just wake up early. So I did. I woke up early the first morning. The light was amazing. The sea was calm, the horizon clear. The clouds low at the horizon over the Togean islands could be mistaken as islands themselves. The colour of the sky changing every minute . I used the 12-40mm lens at various focal distances. I really enjoyed the 20 minutes or so I spent there. So much so, that I woke up at sunrise almost every day. It was worth it. All of which made me think that for 2016 I want to go back to post/print some colour pictures again.

Clouds on a Finnish lake n.4

This photo was taken last July while we were at our summer cottage in Eastern Finland. I liked to wait for the time of the day when clouds would appear and create nice contrast with the water of the lake.

Clouds on a Finnish lake n.3

This photo was taken last July while we were at our summer cottage in Eastern Finland. I liked to wait for the time of the day when clouds would appear and create nice contrast with the water of the lake.

Clouds on a Finnish lake n.2

This photo was taken last July while we were at our summer cottage in Eastern Finland. I liked to wait for the time of the day when clouds would appear and create nice contrast with the water of the lake.

Clouds on a Finnish summer lake

Finnish lake

I took this photo from the pier of our cottage in Finland, last July. It must have been around 10:00pm. The clouds moved slowly as there was little or no wind. Enough time to capture their reflection in the calm water of the lake.

15 years, today. This is for you, with love.

Clouds reflection

Cloud reflection

I took this photo from the pier of our cottage in Finland, last July. This must have been at 10:00pm or so. The water was still and the clouds just reflected in it.

Reflections on summer night on a Finnish lake

Finnish horizon

I took this photo from the pier of our cottage in Finland, last July. It must have been around 10:30pm. There was no wind. The water was smooth as a mirror. All very peaceful.

London greens

The end of June in London was incredibly hot. For the week I was there the sky was blue most of the time. No clouds in sight and very low humidity. Every morning I walked through Brockwell Park to get to Herne Hill railway station and catch the train to Blackfriars Bridge. I was walking through early, at around 7 or 7:30. The colours were crisp. The greens very green. The blue of the sky very blue. Very nice.

London underground n.1

London tube

I was in London for a week in late June. The usual week I spend there before the summer holiday, catching up with the colleagues at the Overseas Development Institute. This year I wanted to pay attention to two things while in London:  1) interesting perspectives of the urban landscape ; 2) people in their daily life. This photo was taken at Heathrow while walking to the Heathrow Express underground station. I like the perspective and reflections.

Blue morning

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Blue morning

Blue morning at Kookoos Nest, Zamboanguita, Philippines

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