BEHIND THE SHOT

—The stories behind locations and shooting  —

- THE SILENT TIMEKEEPERS -

The silent guards represent perhaps one of the best decorated walls I have ever found. These two caryatids in golden stucco guard the entrance to a vast hall about 8 meters high that I captured in its entirety and from various angles in my other shots ( the works “Vittorio Emanuele” and “King’s trap”).
This palace is part of the ten palaces to which I am most fond for majesty, it was my first noble palace to be explored, so I always keep a pleasant memory. The origins of this palace are lost at the end of the seventeenth century, we are in Piedmont, the Italian region home of the Savoy, the royal family that has dominated the Italian north west for many centuries.

In ancient times this palace was built as a summer mansion away from the big city which it leaned, also allowed its occupants to remain isolated from the Uban centers during the various epidemics that plagued that period.
Its construction is linked to an attempt by its owner to bring his son closer to the princess who lived in a nearby palace. He hoped, with this closeness, to create a bond with the royal family of the princess.

I am so fond of this building that over the years I have returned many times to be able to photograph the rooms with different light temperatures, with the change of seasonal light and the hours of the day. I often come back to a place, but in this I will be back 6-7 times.

In this shot I waited for the soft light of a sunset of a winter day. In the dark rooms a last ray of light peeped out from the balcony behind. I wanted to capture the melancholy of the moment with this semi-destroyed armchair and these two noble and artistic caryatids who seemed to appreciate my discretion and my intent to give it a last noble tribute.

Unfortunately over the years this building has been vandalized enormously because it was spread the place, I had the good fortune to photograph it before the damage of vandals were very obvious. The chair in the photo was the protagonist of many of my shots before it was brutally incinerated.

Many doors and windows facing the outside have been walled, prohibiting light from filtering into the rooms and illuminating the decorations

This is an example of spreading the name of the location that leads to the unraveling of the same. A palace that remained “unharmed” for hundreds of years has suffered in the space of a few years an exponential ruin, without the guilt of time.

The sensationalism of the discovery and the consequent fashion grown on youtube of this kind of explorations, inevitably lead to the ruin of the places, because of individuals without ethics that minimize the respect.

Recently an arson has burned all the rooms of the top floor, greatly accelerating the death of this majestic palace.

Under some shots of the other rooms, the most interesting are the main stairs, with wrought iron handrails, the reception hall on the ground floor with its beautiful arched ceiling supported by several columns, and some secondary rooms.

I guardiani silenziosi rappresentano forse una delle miglior pareti decorate che io abbia mai trovato. Queste due cariatidi in stucco dorato sorvegliano l’entrata di un vasto salone alto circa 8 metri che ho catturato nella sua interezza e da varie angolature in altri miei scatti ( le opere “Vittorio Emanuele” e “King’s trap”).
 
Questo palazzo rientra nei dieci palazzi al quali sono più affezionato per maestosità, è stato il mio primo palazzo nobiliare ad essere esplorato, per questo mantengo sempre un piacevole ricordo.
 
Le origini di questo palazzo si perdono a fine Seicento, ci troviamo in Piemonte, regione italiana dimora dei Savoia, la famiglia reale che ha dominato nel nord ovest italiano per molti secoli.
 
Anticamente questo palazzo fu costruito come magione estiva lontano dalla grande città al quale si appoggiava, inoltre permetteva ai suoi occupanti di rimanere isolati dai centri ubani durante le varie epidemie che affliggevano quel periodo.
La sua costruzione è legata ad un tentativo del suo proprietario di avvicinare il figlio alla principessa che viveva in un palazzo poco distante. Auspicava, con questa vicinanza, di creare un legame con la famiglia regale della principessa.
 
Sono talmente affezionato a questo palazzo che negli anni sono tornato numerose volte per riuscire a fotografare le sale con temperature di luce differenti, con il cambio di luce stagionale e delle ore del giorno. Mi capita spesso di tornare in un posto, ma in questo ci sarò tornato 6-7 volte.
 
In questo scatto ho aspettato la luce tenue di un tramonto di una giornata invernale. Nelle stanze ormai buie un ultimo fascio di luce faceva capolino dalla balconata retrostante. Ho voluto catturare la malinconia del momento con questa poltroncina semi distrutta e queste due cariatidi nobili ed artistiche che sembravano apprezzare la mia discrezione e il mio intento di dargli un ultimo nobile tributo.
 
Purtroppo negli anni questo palazzo è stato vandalizzato enormemente perchè  è stato diffuso il luogo, io ho avuto la fortuna di fotografarlo prima che i danni dei vandali fossero molto evidenti. La poltrona della foto è stata protagonista di molti miei scatti prima che fosse brutalmente incenerita del tutto.
 
Molte porte e finestre che davano sull’ esterno sono state murate, proibendo alla luce di filtrare nelle sale ed illuminare al meglio le decorazioni
 
Questo è un esempio di diffusione del nome della location che porta al disfacimento dello stesso. Un palazzo rimasto “illeso” per centinaia d’anni ha subito nel giro di pochi anni una rovina esponenziale, senza colpe del tempo.
 
Il sensazionalismo della scoperta e la conseguente moda cresciuta su youtube di questo genere di esplorazioni, portano inevitabilmente alla rovina dei posti, per colpa di individui privi di etica che ne minimizzano il rispetto.
 
Recentemente un incendio doloso ha bruciato tutte le stanze dell’ultimo piano, accelerando enormemente la morte di questo maestoso palazzo.
 
Sotto alcuni scatti delle altre sale, le più interessanti riguardano le scale principali, con corrimano lavorati in ferro battuto, il salone di ricevimento al piano terra con il suo stupendo soffitto ad archi sorretti da varie colonne, ed alcune sale secondarie.

The silent guards represent perhaps one of the best decorated walls I have ever found. These two caryatids in golden stucco guard the entrance to a vast hall about 8 meters high that I captured in its entirety and from various angles in my other shots ( the works “Vittorio Emanuele” and “King’s trap”).
This palace is part of the ten palaces to which I am most fond for majesty, it was my first noble palace to be explored, so I always keep a pleasant memory. The origins of this palace are lost at the end of the seventeenth century, we are in Piedmont, the Italian region home of the Savoy, the royal family that has dominated the Italian north west for many centuries.

In ancient times this palace was built as a summer mansion away from the big city which it leaned, also allowed its occupants to remain isolated from the Uban centers during the various epidemics that plagued that period.
Its construction is linked to an attempt by its owner to bring his son closer to the princess who lived in a nearby palace. He hoped, with this closeness, to create a bond with the royal family of the princess.

I am so fond of this building that over the years I have returned many times to be able to photograph the rooms with different light temperatures, with the change of seasonal light and the hours of the day. I often come back to a place, but in this I will be back 6-7 times.

In this shot I waited for the soft light of a sunset of a winter day. In the dark rooms a last ray of light peeped out from the balcony behind. I wanted to capture the melancholy of the moment with this semi-destroyed armchair and these two noble and artistic caryatids who seemed to appreciate my discretion and my intent to give it a last noble tribute.

Unfortunately over the years this building has been vandalized enormously because it was spread the place, I had the good fortune to photograph it before the damage of vandals were very obvious. The chair in the photo was the protagonist of many of my shots before it was brutally incinerated.

Many doors and windows facing the outside have been walled, prohibiting light from filtering into the rooms and illuminating the decorations

This is an example of spreading the name of the location that leads to the unraveling of the same. A palace that remained “unharmed” for hundreds of years has suffered in the space of a few years an exponential ruin, without the guilt of time.

The sensationalism of the discovery and the consequent fashion grown on youtube of this kind of explorations, inevitably lead to the ruin of the places, because of individuals without ethics that minimize the respect.

Recently an arson has burned all the rooms of the top floor, greatly accelerating the death of this majestic palace.

Under some shots of the other rooms, the most interesting are the main stairs, with wrought iron handrails, the reception hall on the ground floor with its beautiful arched ceiling supported by several columns, and some secondary rooms.