When I arrive in Como for my photo sessions, despite the few hours available, I always have many expectations and a thousand ideas that are punctually repaid. The city center is really beautiful and full of ideas, moreover the walk along the lake is particularly suitable for romantic and creative shots.
As usual I reached Como using the train from Milan, a journey of about an hour, but quite convenient and cheap.
From the station you reach the city center very easily with a walk of about ten minutes, crossing Via Vittorio Emanuele one of my favorite streets for photographs, both for its depth and for the lights of the many shops along the way.
Few hundreds of meters and we find ourselves in front of the beautiful and white Cathedral in Piazza Duomo. Its beauty is truly remarkable in all light conditions, along the walls, but in the whole square there are many ideas for taking a beautiful photograph, for example you can also use the columns at the entrance of the Social Theater, the important theater Opera di Como, which hosted the La Scala theater in Milan for a whole season, when in 1943 it was damaged by bombing during the Second World War.
After the walk in the center you can then start towards Lake Como, considered one of the most beautiful in the world and in fact the landscape is spectacular especially in the late afternoon when towards sunset the verdant banks take on the warm and reddish tone of the rays of Sun. The banks lend themselves very well to posing portraits and we obviously didn’t miss the opportunity to take photographs with the beautiful models Cristina and Rebecca, who collaborated with me in the two photo shoots and whom I thank from my heart for their professionalism, skill and sympathy.
Very nice is also the walk along the Mafalda di Savoia lakeside, full of trees and gardens, a small detour on the Foranea dam to walk “on the water” and finally reach the Voltiano temple, from where it is possible to take beautiful photographs using a small similar space to a pier that overlooks the lake.
We also used it for some colored shots from a smoke bomb and the result can be judged by you looking at the photographs taken.

By Giovanni Malandrino

Giovanni Malandrino is a freelance professional photographer, specialized in urban dance photography. Based in Milan and Novara, for his photographs he likes to move to different cities to combine the elegance of the poses in the ballet with the wonders of our beautiful Italy. Dance is the creation of a sculpture that is visible only for a moment (cited by Erol Ozan) If I had to choose a sentence to represent my photographs I would have no doubt starting from this quote. This is the starting point because once the perfect moment has been created, photography can make it eternal and make it live every time we observe it. And these moments have to be shared because the art can not remain closed in a room or a computer, but must be free to be observed by anyone who can appreciate the elegance of the shapes and colors. Photography is a great love for me, born about twenty years ago and as many fans I started participating in numerous courses and workshops in particular of portrait, fashion, fashion. Before finding my way, I collaborated in the creation of photographic services in the field of fashion, but I felt that something was missing, in particular a blank sheet where you could create freely without constraints and predefined schemes and then lightning stroke, when photographing the my first dance essay I felt the possibility of creating art in movement with every shot. And where to better highlight the elegance of the poses if not putting them in contrast with the road, with normal everyday life? This is how my personal way of creating art was born, which I hope will inspire in you a great part of the emotions that I feel every time I shoot a single photograph, a bit like a painter who paints his canvas. A special thanks to my family who has always supported me in all my bizarre photographic adventures and all the talented dancers who have worked with me and with whom we created a wonderful friendship that goes far beyond the work. In fact, looking at the photographs you would not say, but a photo session in urban dance is very challenging, often in difficult weather conditions, walking for hours in search of the right background combined with the best light, in short, almost always ends exhausted, even if happy with the result.

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