In a world of celebrity injunctions and increasingly strict privacy laws, it can be difficult for street photographers to assert their creativity, argues DiegoBardone.
Based in Milan, the 52-year-old has been documenting his home city for the past nine years.
For his recent project, “Faceless: An Ode to Privacy Laws”, Bardone built up a series of candid shots of strangers – their identities obscured – making for a poignant yet playful reflection on human identity.
“Mine is a daily diary,” he says, “a tribute to those often unaware actors whom I have the good fortune to meet during my lonely walks in Milan.”
“It’s like I see myself in a sort of virtual mirror:
I’m every single one of them, they are my wandering cheerfulness becoming photography.”
For the second year in a row, low tides in Venice have sunk to such record levels that it has left the city almost entirely without water.
Visitors who came to the city expecting to ride gondolas through the city’s famous blue-green canals have found their plans foiled, as without water many of the city’s primary transport have been left grounded on the canals’ muddy beds.
The exceptionally low water levels have been caused by abnormal tides this year, combined with drastically reduced rainfall across northeastern Italy. Although low tides are common around this time of the year, this year the water levels have gone down some 70 cm below average.
The phenomenon is surprising given that Venice is slowly sinking and floods are a more common feature of the city today than low tides.
The low water levels have exposed the city’s filth. Years of poor maintenance on the city’s waterways is showing through the buildup of large banks of mud and silt around the canals’ edges, drastically reducing the canals’ depth and increasing the likelihood of propellers snagging on floating junk.
The lower than normal water levels have also exposed the crumbling brickwork at the base of historic buildings.Venetian authorities have always shown a lackadaisical attitude when it came to canal maintenance.
Dredging of the canals first started in recent times in the late 1990s, after almost half-a-century of neglect. The city also lacks a modern sewage system.
Historically, all waste produced by humans have been dumped into the canals although larger buildings are required to carry some kind of sewage treatment before dumping the filthy stuff into the canals.
Some palazzos have their own septic tanks but there is always a certain amount of leakage, lending Venice its characteristic and at times overpowering stench.
Sitting just inside the tall mouth of an Italian mountain cave, the Temple of Valadier cuts a striking neo-classical silhouette against the rough hewn edges of the surrounding natural cave walls, looking like the temple itself was trying to seek refuge in the cave.
In reality it was the local population that has been taking refuge in the caves for hundreds of years.
Since at least the 10th century the local population has been taking shelter in the large cave in which the temple now sits, usually hiding out from attacks from marauding enemy tribes.
Remains of these earlier uses of the cave were uncovered when the temple was built in 1828 at the behest of the reining pope. A crude hermitage was also installed right near the entrance to the temple.
The ornate design features a domed roof covering an octagonal silo structure meant to symbolize Jesus’ resurrection after eight days.
The isolated mountain temple is known as the “Refuge of Sinners,” and acted as a pilgrimage site for those seeking forgiveness.
The interior originally held a marble Madonna and Child sculpted by Italian artist Antonio Canova, however the original has been moved to a local museum and a replacement was installed in the temple.
While the idiosyncratic hidden temple is more of a tourist attraction than site of solemn prayer, the shrine inside is still a religious site kept in good order.