Last week I participated a pretty rad event called the Bologna Photo Marathon. An all-day event, the challenge was to take photos of Bologna all day long given a set of “themes”. There were 9 themes in total and every three hours three new “themes” were distributed to particpants. We were encouraged to creatively interpret the themes through our camera lenses and find interesting perspectives. At the end of the day, we had to submit one photo for each theme.
As a beginner photographer, this was a really fun opportunity to practice and challenge my photography skills. It was also a wonderful chance to rediscover Bologna and certain aspects of the city that I never seem to have time to appreciate.
I’d like to share with you some of my favorite photos from the event to give you just a little glimpse of the city I call home.
Vaulted archways of Via de’ Castagnoli
In Bologna, archways exist in all shapes in sizes, including these colorful rectangular ones.
Bici and Portici – Bicycles and Archways
A FIAT is always a happy sight to see
Many people say Bologna is a dirty city. I say it’s just “well lived”.
Newsstands, like this bright red one, are still a part of Bologna’s daily life
Shoes hanging out to dry
The colors of Bologna
A window showing lots of patriotism for Italy and Bologna’s Football Club
Windows in Italy fascinate me because of their colors and because no window is exactly the same as another
The quietest streets in Bologna are always the most colorful
Rust and grafitti
Advertising bulletins are everywhere in Bologna and are often overcrowded with student fliers
Via delle Moline – a heavily student populated zone mixed with traditional trattorias
“Lucio is King”. One of the many pieces of street art in Bologna illustrating Lucio Dalla, a famous singer-songwriter from Bologna who passed away in 2012.
Reflections of Bologna on Strada Maggiore
Many people climb the Two Towers of Bologna to look down, but looking up can be just as beautiful.