For the section “ Italy in Dance “, today our photographs keep us telling the beautiful city of Lecco , together with the talented dancer and teacher of dance Erika Negri, to whom I owe special thanks for her skill and sympathy.
Lecco is a Lombard city that overlooks the eastern branch of Lake Como , just “ That branch of Lake Como ” made famous by Alessandro Manzoni who chose some areas of Lecco to set the story of “ The Betrothed “.
In some of the buildings in the narration, such as the home of Don Rodrigo , a villa located at the top of Mount Zucco in a panoramic point on Mandello del Lario .
There are two reports about the possible houses of Lucia , in the same simple style of Lecco and with a wooden gallery. The first in Olate , which is a private house and not open to visitors, while the second is in Arquate and this year is an inn. to the church of Don Abbondio , with its fifteenth-century bell tower and the view of the Don Rodrigo Palace .
Another beautiful point of interest is the lakeside promenade which winds for several kilometers, embracing the entire coastal area of Lecco that goes from S. Stefano to the war memorial , in the larger part of the same.
The landscape along the Lecco lakeside offers different views of the lake and the surrounding mountains, and each has its own charm.
Starting from the center, in particular from the central Piazza Cermenati , on the left we proceed towards the platform on the lake the war memorial , while on the right we can walk along the walk to the longest stretch of the lakefront, which leads up to the S. Stefano area .
The historic center instead extends parallel to the shore of the lake and offers nineteenth-century architecture , visible in the arcade of piazza XX Settembre and in some buildings in the center . To open and close the historic center there are two squares that distinguish Lecco in different ways. On the left and clearly visible, because it overlooks the lake, we have a Piazza Cermenati , with the monument dedicated to Mario Cermenati , behind which we discover the stairway leading to Basilica di San Nicolò , characterized by the imposing meter-shaped bell tower from which you can admire the lake at a height of 96 meters. The bell tower is the second highest in Italy and among the highest in Europe.
At the other extreme instead, at the end of the central Via Roma, you can find the monument to Alessandro Manzoni , who with his literary work made Lecco as famous as the city of the Betrothed.
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.