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  • 25 aprile 2011

    VENTIQUATTRO

    Still on the shelves is the April issue of TWENTYFOUR, in which Mr. Fabio Novembre is guest editor with my cover:

    In that occasion Fabio and I took a self portrait with the iPhone.

    Here it is below. Its easy to distinguish us, I am the smart one and he is the good looking one. Or wait, sorry I got a bit confused, now I remember, I am the good looking one and he is the smart… or maybe not, shit I don’t remember who had to put the smart face on! 🙂

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    18 aprile 2011

    BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS THE LAST

    We have come to the end of a long job (two weeks!) in the Caribbean. A super job that was in need of a super permit! Here:

    But there is something else I’d like to talk about…

    I am afraid that I’ve written about this subject plenty of other times. After all in eight or more years of blogging I can be repeating things! Anyways…

    When I’ll be older and not yet senile I really think that I will write about my memoirs as a photographer. I would love to become the Anthony Bourdain of photography!

    I know more or less what I’ll be writing about but I also don’t. I know the title for sure. It will be this: “WITH AND WITHOUT”. There isn’t a photo shoot in which these three magic words are repeated: with and without hat, with and without shoes… etcetera etcetera. And I think that it is a phrase that is in common with any photo shoot, of any kind. Steven Meisel in New York must have heard this phrase, as well as a photographer in Budapest shooting porn (with and without dxxk in the axs!). Its some sort of fil rouge that exists on any photo shoot. What better title then for a book that will talk about photo shoots? (go ahead and purchase the domain conesenza.it and sell it to me for a million euros in ten years time, please!)

    This, however unnecessary, preamble was to introduce the two images below, “withandwithout” watch, taken to show the mark, certainly most visible and obvious, that these two weeks have left me:

    But the biggest mark left by these last two weeks is not the tan, that will soon go away. The mark is two long and difficult weeks but with a great team that allowed me to work well.

    The most extraordinary of all has been with Davide, ex fashion photographer from Milan in the seventies (!), moved to New York, to continue being a fashion photographer and has been living in the Carribean, where on a lost island he built himself an extraordinary house/hut, hanging the photographic camera on the wall and become a well known chef: what a story! Davide hosted us with warmheartedness and incredible kindness, not only by letting us use his house to take photographs but also (and above all!) by cooking spaghetti with the most delicious mussels on earth (because they really were and also because after ten days of anglo-carribean cuisine…)

    Here are some images of his castle:

    This magical place is also available for holidays! Yes indeed! This is the tip off I want to leave you with. And let me tell you this is a super tip-off, believe me. All the info is here

    I want to rework the title of my book to come for Davide. It won’t be anymore

    “CON E SENZA” (with and without) but, only for him and only in this case, “CON ESSENZA” (with essence)…

    PS: instead if you are pretty posh go here, its great.

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    13 aprile 2011

    BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS #03

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    12 aprile 2011

    FELLOW TRAVELERS

    I am still shooting in the British Virgin Islands.

    As I mentioned many times before one of the biggest pleasures I have when I travel is having a few books to read.

    These are my fellow travelers during these days, one I am reading again and five new titles (I highly recommend, for those who haven’t read it yet, the first book by Bourdain, “kitchen confidential“):

    Yes, I admit it, it is a bit strange to read about the heroic deeds of the great Weegee while kicking it back on the plane…

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    10 aprile 2011

    MAX ITALIAN CAPITALS

    In the April issue of Max you will find my tribute to the three italian capitals and a backstage video here

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    8 aprile 2011

    BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS #02, EQUIPMENT

    Come on, from time to time a little “tecnique!”

    Are you curious to know what I take with me on a job like this?

    here:

    – 2 Canon Eos1ds Mark III

    – Canon Eos 5d Mark II

    – Canon powershoot D10

    – Canon PowerShot G10

    – Canon D60

    – Flash canon speedlite 580ex ii

    – Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 Lens

    – Canon 24-105mm f/4 Lens

    – Canon 50mm f/1.2 Lens

    – Canon 50mm f/1.4 Lens

    – Canon 50mm f/1.4 Lens

    – Canon 24mm f/2.8 Lens

    – Canon 100mm f/1.4 Lens

    – Underwater case Canon wp-dc28 powershot G10

    – Hard Disk 2,5″ 500gb Lacie

    – Mobile Hard disk firewire Lacie 500gb e 1tb

    – 2 external Hard disk firewire Lacie 3tb

    – Light meter Minolta

    – Pen Tablet Bamboo Wacom

    – Professional waistcoat

    – Lastolite diffuser

    – Nd8 filters

    – Polarizer filters

    – Lexar memory card 4gb and 16gb

    – Lexar firewire card readers

    – Macbook Pro 17″

    – Macbook Pro 15″

    – Lowepro bag

    – Clamps

    – FLashlights

    – Batteries torch type 13A

    – Batteries 9v

    – AAA batteries 1,5V

    – Microphone boom

    – Manfrotto tripod

    – Universal adapter plug

    – Quantum Power Adapter for Canon flash

    – Canon BL-5 batteries

    – Canon BL-5 battery charger

    – Canon LP-E4 batteries

    – Canon LP-E4 battery charger

    – Black sheet

    – Canon Selphy printer

    – Canon Selphy colour cartridges

    – Canon Selphy postcard size paper

    – Permanent marker with thick tip

    – Firewire cables

    – External Monitor cables for Mac

    – iPhone, iPad cables

    – Power Adapter for Macbook and Macbook Pro

    – Professional waistbag for vrious tools

    – Zacuto DSLR shoulder mount for Canon Eos 5d Mark II

    – Sennheiser professional headphones

    – Rode microphone

    (I see with amazement that there is a light meter! Never used it. All useless things, in any case I always use the Canon with the 50…)

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    5 aprile 2011

    BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

    So, everything is in complete pandemonium. What I mean is a good pandemonium, but serious pandemonium.

    Let’s neaten up things a little…

    In the meantime I skipped town, and I am now in the British Virgin Islands, on Virgin Gorda to be precise, shooting a very nice new project, the “swimwear” insert for the supplement to the Gazzetta newspaper, SPORTWEEK. To have more information on this project there is a new blog, this one.

    Also today an editorial done by me on MAX hits the shelves, I speak a little about it on my blog for the Corriere newspaper, here e here.

    And for my old friends on my blog?!?! The leftovers?!?! The bread crumbs?!?! Not to worry! I know very well that you all have become savvy and bored with many years of blogging on these pages and therefore you are not interested in the crappy backstage. You care about the fundamental side of things, not the crap! The fire, not the smoke! Right, I agree with you…

    And so? So only one piece of information, but fundamental, believe me: which sunscreen you should buy and use.

    Obviously I am not paid for this but I assure you that I know what I am talking about, for many years of direct experience: there are many sunscreens, some are disgusting, some are good, some other excellent… but only one is THE sunscreen. Clinique, in the photo below. To begin with it is not a cream, but a dry spray product. In a minute you can smear it on your body, you don’t have to waste hours smearing a white and oily substance and you are perfectly protected. This is the only sunscreen protection worth buying, the others are all bullshit.

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