Italo Calvino: Invisible Cities

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino is a remarkable book. Originally published in 1972 in Italian as Le città invisibili, this is an unusual piece of literary work. It reads like a series of vignettes where imaginary dialogues between Marco Polo and the all-powerful Kublai Khan are interspersed with evocative descriptions of cities that the former…

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Stars in my eyes

Over the last few months, I’ve been taking photos mostly with my iPhone and editing them using the VSCO Cam app. Sometimes I miss using my Fuji x100, processing the raw files on Raw Photo Processor and making the final touches like straightening the lines in Photoshop. However the former option is more convenient than the latter…

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Postcards from Italy

Some people collect magnets, local crafts or knick knacks as travel souvenirs. I take photos and pick up an occasional postcard. I prefer postcards that are unusual and avoid run-of-the-mill prints that are sold at tacky shops surrounding tourist landmarks. I would scour independent bookstores for a unique or interesting postcard. Once in a while though, I…

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Room with a view

Guess where this photo was taken? This is the rooftop of The Gritti Palace in Venice and is normally not accessible to the public. But if you happen to afford the Redentore Terrazza Suite, which costs over US$15,000 a night, you could have all of this 250-square metre rooftop terrace to yourself, as well as the…

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