FEW DAYS IN NEW YORK

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I just came back from New York, and I would like to make use of this blog for what it was meant to be at the beginning, so, like the daily diary in primary school, to remind myself in the future some things that I would be sorry if I forgot.

So, you that are reading this blog, I suggest you not to go ahead.

I said that it won’t be of any interest to you!

Oh well…

I flew Alitalia. Milan-Fiumicino. Fiumicino-Jfk. During the trip the map shows an aeroplane with enormous wings leaping over the ocean:

In New York I take a taxi to go towards Manhattan. The taxi driver is a dick head that keeps on hooting all the time, fights with everyone and doesn’t know how to drive at all: on the other hand he listens to some kind of Radio Maria, where they alternate religious chants and psalm readings.

I arrive at the hotel, where I begin taking pictures from my window. A thing that I will do everyday, at different times. Although I am on the tenth floor it still feels like I am in the basement:

The first night they took me to a place that I feel I absolutely have to recommend, a korean whose speciality is fried chicken. There are no signs on the street, you have to know the place. You go up some dilapidated stairs, but you arrive in quite a decent place with fashionable koreans (!) where I ate the best fried chicken of my life. This is the place:

The same night I took a photograph of the full moon amongst the skyscrapers:

The day after I go to the Industria Superstudio, the place where the job will take place. I meet up with Fabrizio Ferri, the owner, and I have a chat, and I sincerely think he is faking that he has met me before…

Done with the job I begin to wonder about the city.

Bookshop in Soho where there was an original signed copy of the time of THE AMERICANS by Robert Frank, on sale for $500. I didn’t buy it.

But I bought this:

I keep on wondering about the city:

Unfortunately I didn’t manage to cut my hair at the beautiful FSC barber

That night the client kindly invited me to dinner at an impeccable japanese, BOND. (thank you!). Nearby I took this:

The day after there is a little bit more work and then the weegee show at the ICP. Amazing and he is great!

Around the ICP:

That night I meet up with Saturnino and Riccardo Onori, whom are in town with Lorenzo Jovanotti Cherubini for some concerts. A beautiful casualty!

They took me to TOMOE another japanese, not as chic as the one from the night before but as (if not more) perfect. You cannot book in this place so you have to cue. We where there for more than an hour! Which flew by, fucking around, playing music and taking pictures… these are my two photos to Satu and Riccardo:

Did I say playing music, right? Yes! I was shooting with the iPhone, and they where playing music with the iPhone! Amazing!!!

The day after the job was finished, and I have time to go to the MOMA. Too much stuff. I fear I am hit by the Stendhal syndrome. Picasso, Warhol, Pollock, Fontana, Weston (the photographer), the sunflowers by Van Gogh… and so on to infinity… seriously too much.

Two things particularly excite me, because besides the piece in itself they connect me to the Master, to Ugo Mulas. I venture to photograph them and to have a picture taken thinking about him.

Duchamp:

pistoletto:

I darted out completely bewildered I throw myself in the subway towards Brooklyn where I have the honour to attend the sound check of Jovanotti and his amazing band will be holding that evening. I just want to say that outside the beautiful theatre there are people waiting for the event and who came specially from Italy!

After too little time I have to leave, to the airport.

On the plane I meet and have a few words with Nicolò Cardi, owner of the art gallery black box

The day after I land in Malpensa and I get picked up immediately and taken to Venice. It is quite an emotive shock to move from the most beautiful city of the modern world to the most beautiful city of the ancient world.

I would like to conclude with two sentences that could make this story that could make it an unwelcome experience. Of course it is not like that! It was great! I cannot help but think that:

“We must be careful to choose desires, it may happen that they come true”

And in the words of  my dear eponymous of ancient Rome

“I have become everything I wanted. And I realise that it was not worth the trouble”

PS: of course all the pictures where taken and retouched with the iPhone.

14 risposte

  1. Stefano

    cit.“sono diventato tutto quello che ho voluto. e mi accorgo che non ne valeva la pena”. Perchè?

  2. Rosamagda

    Da New York a Venezia . . e dopodichè mentalmente farai fatica ad uscirne per i prossimi 6 mesi penso 😀 😉

  3. Antonio

    Anche “bisogna stare attenti a scegliersi i desideri, può capitare anche che si avverino” crea domande, però una cosa mi incuriosisce: la storia del tuo viasggio è resa affascinante, come tutto ciò che fai infondo, ma mi ha colpito il fatto che tu non abbia acquistato “The Americans”, a favore di “Nothing personal”, perché? Scusa la curiosità.

  4. Cristina Insinga

    Salve, signor Benedusi, splendide foto quelle che ha fatto con il suo iphone (molti snobbano la fotocamera di questo telefono, perché non è una reflex, ma capirai a cosa serve una reflex se poi la usano in modalità automatica)!
    Comunque complimenti per gli scatti, e complimenti per i suoi lavori, la seguo ormai da diverso tempo, ma fino ad ora non avevo mai lasciato un commento. Sappia che il suo modo di fotografare mi piace moltissimo, e spero (appena sarà possibile) di seguire un suo Workshop.
    Arrivederci.

  5. Mena

    Settimio! Sei Unico. Che fantastica idea! Spero di rivederti presto. 🙂

  6. Roberto Rapetti

    Al contrario di quello che scrivi personalmente apprezzo molto questo tipo di post, emozioni di viaggio piuttosto che resoconti di shooting fotografici.
    Grazie per le dritte, la prossima volta a New York vedrò di seguire qualche tappa del Benedusi tour!

  7. lorenzo prodezza

    grande Settimio noto con piacere che pure tu, ogni tanto fai foto da turista con iphone e tutto questo, ovviamente con ottimi risultati ricordandoci che la miglior fotocamera e’ quella che si porta sempre con se e che permette di incatenare il momento… me sento un po’ poeta oggi 🙂

  8. Paolo

    infatti basta con le reflex adesso ci sono le così chiamate mirrorless per seguire la tendenza io fossi il signor benedusi prenderei una leicamp col 50 f 0.95 e una delta o t max 3200

  9. Luca

    che dire: belle foto, bel viaggio e bella gente incontrata, tanta invidia lo posso dire con tranquillità

  10. Antonio Cinti

    Grande risposta in semplici parole, sei sempre grande :))) Ho il brutto vizio di cercare sempre troppo lontano ciò che invece ho davanti. Gracias 😉

  11. Laura

    gran bei momenti da ricordare e una vita decisamente piena di colori ed emozioni

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