Thursday, 13 July 2017

Byakkotai















The Byakkotai was part of Aizu's four-unit military, set up in the domain's drive to finalize its military modernization, in the wake of the Battle of Toba-Fushimi. The other three units were Genbutai, Seiryūtai, and Suzakutai. Each of the four was named after the protecting gods of compass directions
Byakkotai was meant to be a reserve unit, as it was composed of the young, 16- to 17-year-old sons of Aizu samurai. It was subdivided further, along the lines of rank within the domain's samurai population: two squads were from the upper (shichū) rank, two from the middle rank (yoriai), and two from the lowest (ashigaru). Twenty of the members of the 2nd shichū squad, cut off from the rest of their unit in the wake of the Battle of Tonoguchihara, retreated to Iimori Hill, which overlooked the castle town. From there, they saw what they thought was the castle on fire, and committed seppuku (with one failed attempt) in desperation, believing their lord and families dead. However these 20 Byakkotai members were mistaken in their assessment of defeat, as the castle defenses had not actually been breached; the castle town surrounding the inner citadel was aflame. As the majority of the town was between Iimori Hill and the castle, the boys saw the rising smoke and assumed that the castle itself had fallen. (Wilkipedia)

Today the cult of this young samurai is still alive, and many people, old and young, come here to pay their tribute to the memory and burn incense. I visited the site and took the photos in Summer 2011.

Monday, 10 July 2017

My new exhibition in Osaka

This year I will hold an exhibition in Osaka at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, from the 22nd of July to the 5th of August.
I will show The Creative Gesture series, about 30 images of fine art black and white prints, of Japanese artists and their gesture, the focus is on the hands, very shallow focus, achieved using a long lens, usually a 85mm. fully opened at  f 1,4, or the 105mm. f 2,8, to have a strong bokeh effect.
All images are shoot in Japan.
You are all invited to visit my exhibition and, please, let your friends know about it!

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Summer games

Young girls playing in the water in front of Yamatogawa sake factory in Kitakata. The water is really cold and delicious, come from a spring and is the essential ingredient for the great sake of their sake.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Looking forward to next Summer

I love matsuri, the Japanese festivals, In Kitakata there are several in August and many people, especially girls, wars yukata, the summer cotton kimono. I love to walk about and take pictures of people (especially girls). Photo taken with 85 mm f 1.4 Nikon. I will be in Japan this summer too.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Red camelia

A very sensual red camelia, kissed by the sun. Photographed with Micronikkor 105mm. fully opened at  f 3,3 in direct sunlight at 100 iso.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

After women, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world.
Christian Dior
Today is the 8th of Marc, I celebrate women beauty, charm and sensuality all year round in my photography.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Abujiron


A Winter flower called in Japanese abujiron, in English abution, I love his round shape and the soft yellow color. Photo taken in natural light at home in Kitakata, with micro Nikkor 105 mm. fully opened, as usual.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Happy new year!

Happy new year to all my friends and fans! The 2017 is the year of the rooster in the chinese astrological calendar. In my picture a #wagashi (a soft sweet rice cake for the #teaceremony,#chanoyu) shaped like an egg or a snow ball with the face of a rooster on it. I used a laquered plate with red finishing and gold decorations. Photo © Flavio Gallozzi - All rights reserved.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Yellow on white

I love yellow tulips, even when the leaves turns yellow, the flowers aren't so fresh, but they are real flowers and this is nature of things to decay and eventually die. This is a studio picture but I didn't use studio lighting, I used two small portable flash, the main side light is bounced in an umbrella, and the second is directly aimed at the back-drop standing behind the vase.

Yellow on black

For this picture I used small USB led lights, to have many spot lights effect, adjusted the white balance, lens Micro 105 mm. at f 2.8.


Thursday, 15 December 2016

Yellow tulips

Studio photography of yellow tulips, the back drop is a painting. For this photo I used two tungsten fresnell spot, lens Micro 105 mm. at f 2.8.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

November's camelia

Is November and is raining for three days and will continue for more few days, but in our garden many flower are still warming my soul. The vase in reality is a cup for sake from Fukui, Japan.
Photo taken in my studio with Micro Nikkor 105 mm. fully opened at f 3,2 wth a small strobe bounced in an umbrella.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Nadeshiko, the book!








Today arrived my book Nadeshiko, I uploaded the files on Monday and I was very surprised to receive it so fast (Thursday morning). The printer is SAAL digital from Germany. They have web site in Italian and German, don't know about other languages.
The book is printed on photographic paper, the quality is great and the finishing too, the paper is very thick. Thanks to the color profile downloadable from the web site, the photo are exactely as I intended, the intensity and definition are great, I printed only black and white photos, I think the color would be fine as well. 
I was a bit worry about uploading jpg files, but the result is fine, no "steps" on large gray surfaces.
The thick "filled" cover I choosed is nice, on the site they discourage the choice of matt surface for the cover, but I'm really happy with the feeling.
The uploading process is not so easy, from the web site or with the free Saal software, it needs improving, several times i had errors. I wrote asking assistance, and the reply to my mail arrived after the book itself, not usefull indeed.

Nadeshiko, the subtle allure of Japanese women.

Portraits and sensual details of Japanese women I had the pleasure of taking photograph of, is not erotic photography, but is about sensuality and elegance.
The text is compose by quotation from Japanese authors I love, like Kawabata, Tanizaki, Kenko,Shonagon,Setouchi, Yasushi.

This book is a limited edition photo book, if you are interested, please contact me for more details.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Sokō Yamaga






I found this interesting site in the city of AizuWakamatsu a headstone in rememberance of samurai Sokō Yamaga, standing in the place of his birth site. Photos taken with 85 mm. lens f 1,4, it was a very hot, sunny day 1st September 2016.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Chabana

Chabana is a flower compositio for the tea ceremony, much simpler and clean than ikebana, made with just on type of flower or even just one flower. Sunlight from a window, 105mm. lens at f 2.8.

Haircut

I like my wife's new haircut, is not the first time she cut hair short, but was long time since the last time had the neck nicely exposed. Nikon 105 mm. macro lens at f 3.3, maximum aperture on close-up.

Matsuri


Two instagram pictures of the Suwa Jinja matsuri. I love high quality photo and I use professional equipment to achieve great results, but somethimes a smartphone photo is nice. To get this result, anyway, I had to invest in some hardware, a tele lens for smartphone, not the very expensive Zeiss, an affordable one, of course the quality is bad, but I like the bokeh effect.