<![CDATA[GIULIA LEONETTI PHOTOGRAPHY - Blog]]>Fri, 15 Jan 2021 02:08:38 +0100Weebly<![CDATA[A trip north to welcome the Forum]]>Mon, 02 Dec 2019 10:06:49 GMThttp://giulialeonetti.com/blog/a-trip-north-to-welcome-the-forumWhen I moved to Groningen to start my PhD in early 2012 (oh boy, time flies...), I saw something unusual: one of the buildings on the main square was mercilessly torn down. This was a bit of a shock to me, an Italian used to see buildings stand for centuries, whether restored or "romantically" abandoned to the passing of time.

I later came to know the municipality was planning to replace what had been built right after the second world war up to the 70s with buildings that would be thoughtfully designed and serve the city: a hotel and the Groninger Forum.
The latter meant to become a totem for culture, with the biblioteque, cinema, tourist information and shop, space for temporary exhibitions and company gatherings, the comics museum, a bar, a roof-top restaurant and a beautiful terrace on the 10th floor. How cool!

Long story short, after some troubles related to earthquake-proof foundations, the Forum officially opened on the 29th of November 2019. I had to be there!

With (almost) 24h long events, a huge crowd started queuing to get in. One hour standing in line in the middle of the night paid off once we started to look around: the welcoming screens, the lights on the walls and the bar serving beer and pretzels. Tired but happy!
At almost 3am we had to leave to allow for the VIP (aka paid) party to start. But I was not done visiting, and I have no problems waking up early. After some 4 hours of sleep I was biking again towards the Forum to have breakfast and explore the building with only few people around. Breakfast was on the ground floor, accompanied with live music and free magazines and newspapers available at the kiosk.
 With my tummy properly filled, I started exploring the ground floor. Here there is space for the bar, auditorium for open screenings, the tourist info+shop and the two-floors kids biblioteque. Kids were having lots of fun with an Alice in Wonderland-themed breakfast, and I could not help but wandering around with a smile on my face!
It was time to go up. Moving staircases connect all the floors and are an important part of the building because they are not just moving people up/down but allow to see the floors from a different perspective; everything is seamlessly connected.
​The moving staircases are also a constant inspiration for photos, but you must have guessed that by now :)
Although books can be found on several floors sharing spaces with bar, cinema and exhibitions, the third floor is dedicated to reading... and much more. You can sit and play chess, or pool, or sip your coffee while admiring the Martini tower. Everything made to make people enjoy beyond the simple lending of reading materials.
The five cinema halls are on the fifth floor, together with a hippy bar, lots of comfy chairs and the whole collection of DVDs of the biblioteque. Going for a movie and lending another one will probably become common practice here.
Of the five halls, one has couches and armchairs instead of seats. They are so comfortable you could stay there forever! A small bar behind ensures you keep hydrated for the whole duration of the movie.
To the upper floors now... The restaurant on the 10th floor is filled with plants and furnished with several armchairs. Beautiful views of the city and an external space for the sunny days. The same space can be also used for open-air cinema and events. The terrace can be easily accessed and the whole city is suddenly at sight. Can't wait to see how the Nieuw Markt will look like once the hotel and residential building will be completed! Of course another visit is planned to come check the works in progress and see the fully functional Forum with exhibitions, the comics museum and much much more! Tot volgende keer!
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<![CDATA[A lovely photo-weekend in Bologna]]>Fri, 15 Nov 2019 12:05:02 GMThttp://giulialeonetti.com/blog/a-lovely-photo-weekend-in-bolognaIt was about time! The gigantic biennal on industry- and work-related photograhy orgenized by MAST returns this year. It can be visited until the 24th of November.

I discovered this great exhibition by chance in 2017, when I was in the region visiting friends and relatives, and of course to eat great food: Emilia-Romagna is home to some of the finest Italian delicatessen such as Parma ham, Parmigiano Reggiano, lasagne, tortellini, etc.

This exhibition is totally worth visiting for many reasons:
  • There are many projects on show (eleven this year) and they are hosted in some of the most beautiful buildings of the city (museums, libraries, banks, private palaces...)​
  • The quality of the projects shown is very high (Francesco Zanot, artistic director of this edition, did a great job!)
  • It is organized in Bologna, which is probably the liveliest city in Italy
  • There are plenty parallel events organized and the whole offer is FREE for visitors! (Dutchies, how about that??). You just need to get your badge and map at the entrance and you can start walking through the city! Just like me and my cousin Emilia did :)
And of course, being in Italy and being sunny, how could I resist having an ice-cream?
I couldn't, but running short on time I had to enter one of the venues while still eating. Emilia didn't miss the opportunity and promptly took the evidence of my greediness:
Now... Remember when I mentioned the parallel program?
Luckily before leaving for Bologna I saw there was going to be an interesting discussion about Ferrania, the italian company of photographic film that basically provided all the pellicle for the italian film industry from after the WWII up to the 90s.

The discussion was going to be between Gabriele Mina', a well known italian anthropologist and... Michele Smargiassi, journalist at La Repubblica (biggest national newspaper) and author of the blog Fotocrazia. Being a huge fan, I could not miss it!
I even asked him to autograph my copy of his book Un'autentica bugia ! (though i needed some encouragement- thanks again Emilia for the support and the picture ahah!)
That's all folks! I'm looking forward to the 2021 edition already, hoping it will be as good as this one!
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<![CDATA[What a nice PhD thesis!]]>Mon, 25 Feb 2019 17:45:32 GMThttp://giulialeonetti.com/blog/what-a-nice-phd-thesis
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T. Pellegrini's PhD thesis
Some time ago my dear friend Tilde asked me if I could lend her one of my pictures to be the cover of her PhD thesis. Specifically, it was one of those took in Cuba in 2015 (already published on my website).
This is the result! It is the most beautiful cover, isn't it?? (after the cover of my thesis of course ahah!).
Here the link to the popular summary.
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<![CDATA[Opening collective theme exposition "Movement"]]>Sun, 07 Jan 2018 16:28:17 GMThttp://giulialeonetti.com/blog/opening-collective-theme-exposition-movementThanks a lot to all the people that attended the opening of the collective exhibition of photogallery Lichtzone "Movement"!
It is always nice to share different points of view on the pictures and hear what people value and what catches their attention.
For who was not able to attend, the exhibition is to be seen until the 28th of January!
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<![CDATA[Group exhibition "Movement"]]>Sat, 06 Jan 2018 08:48:16 GMThttp://giulialeonetti.com/blog/group-exhibition-movementTomorrow 7 January 2018 me and the other members of the photogallery Lichtzone will exhibit our works under the theme "Movement"!!!

The opening starts at 15:00 at the photogallery Lichtzone in Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 36.

There are many questions that inspired our photos:
- How do you photograph movement or do you suggest movement in a still image?
- Is photography always still?
- Everything is moving and photography captures it in a part of a second, or not?

The exhibition is to be seen until the 28th of January. Everyone is cordially invited!


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<![CDATA[World Press Photo 2017 in Groningen]]>Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:44:18 GMThttp://giulialeonetti.com/blog/world-press-photo-2017-in-groningen
The best of photojournalism of year 2016 can ben seen in Groningen from 17 November to 10 December at the Synagogue (Folkingestraat 60). Special attention regarding war photography was given to works in Syria and Iraq. Although some of the themes are uncomfortable to deal with, the quality of the reportages and the composition of most pictures makes the visit an absolute must for everyone, including those not having much confidence with photography. Highly recommended!

From bbc.com
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<![CDATA[SOLD!]]>Fri, 07 Jul 2017 22:00:00 GMThttp://giulialeonetti.com/blog/sold
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Me and the happy buyer!

I'm tremendously happy to announce that I have sold my first picture! It was taken in Rotterdam, in 2014, at the square of the new train station.
I love the new central train station in Rotterdam! Especially that triangle-shaped roof, and that is I what I wanted to highlight in my composition which includes two close sky-scrapers.
My self-exteem has been boosted by this selling a lot! And it makes me enter officially in the field of "professional photographers" I suppose... what a blast!
​Giulia 

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<![CDATA[Opening of "Nieuw Licht"]]>Sun, 02 Jul 2017 22:00:00 GMThttp://giulialeonetti.com/blog/opening-of-nieuw-licht
Yesterday the opening of my first (collective) photo-exhibition took place at the photogallery Lichtzone in Groningen! Many people came to see the work of the new members of the photogallery. Jan Kruize introduced us nicely to the public and Lucius Bloemen recited some haiku he composed on our work.

It was a delightful afternoon and I had some interesting conversations. Seeing people appreciating your work is always good for your self-exteem as well!!!
Looking forward to work more with the gallery and try to discover what goes on in town about photography and art in general!
​Stay tuned!
Giulia

All photos by Francesco Giumelli

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