Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Rain in the evening

The eavy rain is not spoiling the matsuri completely, I just stepped on the veranda to take some photos. I hope better weather for tomorrow. All photos take with 180 mm. at f 2.8.

Scenes from the matsuri at Suwa jinja: priests and miko.


The morning of the Summer matsuri at Suwa Jinja in Kitakata. The morning was very fine weather and later in the afternoon heavy rain.


This paper lantern is the sign that the summer matsuri, the local festival, is here! The neon sign in the background is the Yamatogawa sake factory opposite our home in Kitakata.
The day time picture is taken with the 85 mm. lens, the night time photo is taken with the 180 mm.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Abe shokudou

Abe shokudou (restaurant) is a very good traditional ramen bar in Kitakata. The town is very famous for this noodle soup called ramen, ofthen called chuka soba, chinese noodles. This particular dish is topped with plenty of pork stew slices, the broth is very dark and salty, very tasty, is good in summer too!
Detail of a wall of a kura, a tradional building used as deposit, in Kitakata shi, the town is famouse for the many kura. In front there is an old stone lantern. Photo © Flavio Gallozzi - All rights reserved.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Soon back in kitakata

Look forward to be back in Kitakata in few days! I will post new photos soon.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

My photo exhibition in Kyoto

My photo exhibition in Kyoto: The creative Gesture - tenokokoro, at Kyoto Gion Nishiri gallery from 10th to 16th August 2016. 
You are all invited!

I wish to thanks Hiroyuki Nakajima for the great calligraphy tenokokoro (hand of the hearth),
and Sakutaro Nakagawa for devise the lovely title and words for every photo. 
A special thanks to Hideko Fukushima for creating this opportunity for me.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Old style photo

I went to see the Felice Beato photo exhibition in Milano. I knew this photographer for many years. The work Felice, of British photographer from Italian father, is really interesting, he was one of the first photographer to take pictures in East Asia and to etablish a photo studio in Japan, in Yokohama. His life was interesting and there is a movie about it: Felice Felice!
This was the inspiration for this vintage looking photo final treatment, of a portrait I shoot this winter in Kitakata. I'm not a great fan of exagerated digital post production, but in this case it was fun and the effect is nice. Moral, use watever you find useful to you, to express your ideas.

Friday, 8 April 2016

TuTuMu 2016 poster

This is the poster fot TuTuMu 2016, the background picture its mine! A shilouette of a nice girl, Raissa, passing in front of a special washi paper sheet. I used my Nokkor 85 mm. lens f 1.4 fully opened to have great bokhe effect, more simply, shallow dept of field. Natural light outside the window and neon lights inside, ambient light. The image was a bit flattened to let writings be readable.

TuTuMu in Milano 2015

Koji Sakai

 Ayumi Shima

 Masayo Ando

 Fumiyo Kato

Yukio Kato

 Hiroaki Kobayashi
Hideyuki Kobayashi

Mari and Shuhei Matsuyama

TuTuMu is a design collective from Japan, exhibiting in Milano during the Design Week, they show all works on washi paper, very interesting and creative works. This reportage is from last year 2015.
The group with some old and some new personalities ids just arrived in Milano and I look forward to meet them and discover their work.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016


Kabukiza is the kabuki theatre in Ginza, Tokyo. Has been fully renovated and reopened last year. The exterior is the same as before, the traditional architecture. In the basement now there is a large hall with many stalls selling food, sweets, gadgets and kabuki themed souvenirs.

Friday, 25 March 2016

Takahashi Masami

In December 2005, on my third trip to Japan, I met and photographed shodo master Takahashi Masami, in Kitakata. It was a sunny and cold day, a great experience and really inspiring shooting. My personal research about Japan was at the beginning, and then I decided to call it "The Creative Gesture". Takahashi sensei was a very talented and creative calligrapher, his passion was to study and research ancient and archaic pictographs, from China, even before their adoption in the Japanese language. He had a personal style, as you can see from his site.
He was born in 1947 and died in November 2015.
Was elegant, with his own style, notable for a small town like Kitakata, his studio was close to mother's in love house, was kind to talk to me every time we meet in the street, in his awkward english and my japanese even worst. Not big conversation between us, but friendly and intelligent.
My mother in law asked him to draw and realise a rakkan for me, is the stone stamp, the personal seal every Japanese use on official documents and artist use to sign their works, you can see on all my pictures in yellow. To do this he used antique kanji for express the sound of my name and my profession.
I'm very sorry for his early departure, will be missed for his art and bright personality.
All photos were taken with natural light from a window, and the portrait with artificial ambient light.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Kyudo in Milano

I've been invited to assist to a stage at Shun pu kan (spring's wind) dojo kyudo in Bareggio, near Milano, it was my second visit to the dojo. Kyudo is the Japanese art of archery. This time was there for the annual workshop Mori Toshio sensei from Japan. It was an interesting and amazing day, it was a sunny and lukewarm. I shoot more than 500 pictures, all natural ligh, a bit extreme conditions due to the bright light in direct sunlight and quiet deep shadows. This time I used almost all day my 180mm. fully opened at f 2.8.