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made in italy_Galeria Vittorio Emanuele

made in italy_Galeria Vittorio Emanuele
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Copyright: Jose m brito e silva (mbrito) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2009-01-04
Categories: Architecture, Mood
Camera: Sony DSLR Alpha-100, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX HSM
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/13 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-12 11:04
Viewed: 2075
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 96
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This second photo of my sequence recently «made in Italy» was taken inside the «Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II» in Milan. This wonderful building is a true «Temple of Purchases and Fashion» and a perfect opportunity to homage Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel that revolutionized the decade of 20, freeing the woman of the discomforted and rigid suits of the end of 19th century.

Chanel was very close to the arts and personnel friend of several artists, like the composer Stravinski, the choreographer Diaghilev, the dancer Isadora Duncan, the writer Jean Cocteau, the painters Picasso, Salvador Dali, among others.

In fashion Chanel reproduced her own image - the woman of 20th century, independent, well-succeeded, with personality and style - and became a true myth. She said once: «I’ve created a style for an entire world…. A style never leaves the fashion… I am enslaved of the Chanel style».

In our days the slavery of the fashion is more and more pathetic, unhealthy, and some times mortal (see the increase of anorexic cases between teenagers); a new «Chanel Revolution» is urgent… Please come back «Coco», we need your freedom and good taste.


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  • Reflex Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 639 W: 205 N: 43] (1347)
  • [2009-01-12 11:10]

Very impressive effect of the perspective with a good choice of POV ! Well done !
Best regards

Ciao Jose,

amo l' Italia!:):):):):) This is great photo...for me. It is truly amazing shot. It gives me chills down my spine. Great use of B/W (questa fotografia in bianco e nero è belissima) and fantastic composition. Fantastic view on the dome.

This is what I call a job well done.

And one more thing...very imaginative title.

Have a great evening,


It's very intense photo, Jose. Great wide shot, excellent details and well-considered composition. I like this large-city atmosphere contrasted with old architecture. Excellent!
Warm regards from cold Warsaw, Ewa

Hi Jose,
Nice perpective and beautiful Black and white picture, good contrast and light, Amazing POV. and lovely details, well presented and composed.
Great caught..my friend.
all my compliments

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  • Alexia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 189 W: 0 N: 221] (2466)
  • [2009-01-12 11:33]

Ciao...bellissima questa foto
ottima la prospettiva..
e il bianco e nero la rende ancora
più bella!!


Boa noite José!

Tou a gostar muito da tua viagem à Italia :) mas que bela galeria. Esse POV e persperctiva dão uma interessante vista da arquitectura e do espaço desse lugar. Boa escolha do B/W.
Parabéns a moda e ao fotografo.

um grande abraço

Hello Jose,
so very unusual picture.Strange angle and wonderful,wonderful picture...In your unique style !! Mu best compliments


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  • cinca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 2 N: 143] (4456)
  • [2009-01-12 13:18]

Hi Jose, fine wide angle in Galleria, great sharpness and light. Good taste in the choise of b/w.
ciao, cinzia

Muy buen trabajo de grafismo..saludos

I love the extreme wide angle look here Jose! Nice details, very moody and dark! I like the movement of the people! I have seen several shots of this magnificent place! Nice work on this!

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2009-01-12 15:08]

Hello Jose,
Very friendly contents in the picture you represented us. Beautiful architecture and class perspective. That is a beautiful picture me much, much pleases.

Hi Jose,

Terrific street shot. Love the architecture! And the motion you cought here!
Very classy, very elegant, very effective:)

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  • harpya Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6058 W: 174 N: 1935] (7534)
  • [2009-01-12 16:46]

Ciao Jose

Estupendo visual!
de ficar com água na boca diante deste
maravilhosa arquitetura e perspectiva!
A estrutura metálica é fabulosa,
tem um grande detalhe no visuale é poderosa.
Excelente escolha do b/w , se bem que puxa
um pouco ao sépia.
Parabens, fantástico!


Boa noite jose
This is a wonderful photo. ..what i like more' The moment you have decided the B/W! Why? ...Because you have made a important choice in the way i look your photo. In that moment you have made your point about this amazing place.
Wonderfull photo and creative moment. I love it. Sleep well.
My regards

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2009-01-12 19:12]

hello Jose

Very interesting to see your view of the fashion world through this building architecture interior look. Many of us are conceived rightly or wrongly of Paris and France being the fashion world, but your portrayal of Italy in particular Milan has reminded a perspective of the fashion scene. The brand Chanel is of course what it is, a popular brandname. Good to follow your series.

tfs, bill

Hello Jose,
Great graphic expression,
Good perspective,
Good use of light...
Selahattin E

Did you know that it was the first covered gallery to have an iron and glass structure?
It has a sad story, too...
Wonderful b&w rendering of an image that could stand as a classic.
I am really glad to be able to be in Milano again, thanks to your eyes!

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  • karith Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1037 W: 55 N: 1262] (7891)
  • [2009-01-12 21:36]

Amazing view and line details! The black & white brings out the visual features nicely for extra attention. Well done:)

Hi Jose,
wonderful angle vith this is a photo of great perspective.Nice symmetry.TFS.
Um grande abraço,


the tone give a classic feel. very nice.best i have seen for this classic building.

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-01-12 23:50]

Superb B&W choice !

congrats and thanks,

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-01-13 0:57]


Quelle compo, la verrière est parfaitement mise en évidence, beaucoup de mouvement, ce beau par-terre., superbe image.

Bravo et amitié


Hello Jose
pov is really artistic!
worked in Jose way and black and white works so well
Wonderful work perfect for journalistic and advertising
Light soft is very good

Bom dia Master
Another wonderful capture of your serie
Perfect architectural building
Amazing details
Have a nice days

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  • Romeu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 306 W: 0 N: 220] (1859)
  • [2009-01-13 5:36]

Bom dia Jose
You did a fantastic work. How to be surprised with a photo from a place that we see so many times.
Um abraço

We need good taste in photography too, and this photo seems a good example. The w.&B. enhances the graphic effect. It reminds me of a photographic style that was fashionable in the seventies... good travel and architecture photo.
Best greetings,

An amazing signature treatment you applied here José.
It's as if the architecture takes on new depths of meaning and mood.
Great light control, a well lit interior. Perect POV.
Well done.
- Vincent

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2009-01-13 8:49]

Hi Jose
I love the look of almost mirrored, giving and idea of the vastness of the place. Yes I also wish creators like Coco would come back and give us the great and elegant fashions we used to have.
Great note and shot

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  • ade71 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 241 W: 35 N: 211] (2850)
  • [2009-01-13 10:00]

Hi Josè, wonderful picture for POV and B & W choice. Excellent, compliments, Adele

dear josè, i walk teh galleria many tiomes a week and yet you manage to surprize me with your ortiginal take the b/w choice is just perfectand in perfect harmony with the absolute simplicity and real CLASS coco chanel introduced usto and is now so sorely missed
i join your prayer for the return of true style which is almost synonimous with simplicity . never a butto or a stitch too many or a color too many : great lesson obviously now well forgotten by the pseudo gurus of style
never mistake "much" for "better"...
thank you for reminding us

Olá Jose

Fantástica fotografia em sépia...os detalhes de arquitetura são excelentes. Um trabalho nota 10.

Ciao Jose. Super grafismo e prospettiva mozzafiato. La luce è eccezionale. L'Italia ti ha ulteriormente ispirato.


Ciao Jose, great POV for a fantastic view of gallery, splendid B&W with great perspective, very well done, ciao Silvio

Salam Jose!
Excellent wide shot with monocolor tone.
Good details and lighting. Juts want to mention that if you went 3 or 4 steps to the right, you'd reach a better balance.

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  • jazrr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 330 W: 77 N: 98] (2228)
  • [2009-01-13 22:04]

Hi Jose:

An impressive shot. The 10mm really worked well here. Great POV and nice symmetry.


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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 61 N: 1257] (7137)
  • [2009-01-14 2:40]

Hi Jose

Absolutely balanced POV that brings peace to the mind. The perspective is qunique and the convergence of your sigma does an excellent job

Have a nice day and TFS

Wonderful shot of this fantastic place..nice point of view and details..excellent.


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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2009-01-14 9:16]

Hi Jose...

Very impressive shot - nice perspective..!
Perfect details and well composed photo.
Beautiful sharpness and B&W colors/tones.
Congrats my friend,

Hello Jose
I was here with my father last year
I like your shot for the pov and the effect of the black and white
very nice image

Hi Jose,
with this spectacular POV you have created a very fascinated image of daily life.
Excellent choise of B&W, I like it a lot.
Best regards my dear friend.

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2009-01-14 12:45]

Hi Jose, This looks like a photo from an old newspaper! Very effective cropping and interesting scene. Creative work. TFS. Murray.

bonsoir José
Your POV well shows the perfect architectural symetry of the Galleria.The B&W choice leads us back to the end of XIXth cy or the beginnning of the 20th; a good choice especially since you focused in your note on Coco Chanel
Well done.

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  • jorgi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 46 W: 40 N: 33] (519)
  • [2009-01-15 0:23]

Hi Jose,

excellent angle provided with a help of one of my favourite lens: Sigma 10-20mm...
It creates most wide spaceous view over crowded Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II. Sepia tones create a feeling of timeless scene and stress the work of art through architectural elements.
Excellently captured and presented.


Dear Jose,

as usual, perfect story in the image, and so arthistic view. Love pov and BW format. You captured and made another peace of art. I enjoyed reading NOTE too and I must say I agree with you.

Have a nice day!

Hello Jose,

Nice, panoramic view.
Fine using distortion in the frame, well done!

P.S. About coffee. We think that it was already drinking in the customs, by the "good guys"!Hahahahahahaha...Recently, the Chief of the "Russia Mail" was retired (probably, for the "good job"). Because this, we must drink the coffee from Finland or Germany primary. :( However, we are still waiting for it!

Ciao Jose
bella foto in bianco e nero
bellissima immagine

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  • papera Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 109 W: 21 N: 794] (3246)
  • [2009-01-17 11:10]

I guess we can say that a photo really "works" when it's capable of showing us something we know well from a different perspective, making us look at the same road we've been down so many times before, or the same person we've met every day for so many years, with different eyes.
this picture succeeds in this, and choosing b/w makes it basically timeless - it could have been shot 30 years ago and you would not be able to tell the different. and this means that the image says something that goes beyond the contemporary. it's a busy place with busy people walking through their busy lives. and while they're busy, many forget to observe, forget to stop and reflect upon certain things. so to me this image epitomizes a state of mind, a lifestyle, a "go with the flow" that's turned bad. fashion being one big, superficial part of it. a slavery indeed.

another spectacular picture of a place that I thought to know very well but that surely I did not whatched with your eyes, it simply beautiful, thank you for this great present
kind regards

(I have studied langueges in a school located in tha bilding at right at the last floor)

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  • ramon Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 39 N: 824] (4058)
  • [2009-02-22 10:52]

Hi Jose,

The sense of symmetry in this photo is perfect.
Very good choice of B&W. Beautiful architectural details,
Excellent composition.


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