small thoughts – Plato, The Republic, Book VII

Some weeks ago I read a book, “Meglio ladro che fotografo. Tutto quello che dovreste sapere sulla fotografia ma preferirete non aver mai saputo”, by an italian ’straightforward’ photographer, Ando Gilardi.

I love this book, and I was impressed how mr Gilardi commented the famous “Allegory of the Cave”: he thinks Plato is talking about photography!

Platone – La Repubblica, libro VII, L’allegoria della caverna
Plato – The Republic, book VII, The Allegory of the Cave

Here a link to a post about the book, and here another article by Gilardi.

slide show – Grotta del Vento near Lucca (Italy)

Your favourite photographer is back!

In my real life I’m working hard and I have no time for pictures in the weekdays.

But… God created weekends, so last Sunday my huge family and I went to “Grotta del Vento” (something like “Wind Cave”), a very famous cave in province of Lucca, Italy (click here for the map)

Situated in the center of the Apuan Alps’ Natural Park, this is one of the most complete European caves, presenting an extraordinary variety of phenomena.

Following illuminated and easy-going trails, we admired the many wonders of the underground world: from shining stalactites and stalagmites to polychrome flowstone, alabaster draperies, crystal-brimmed lakes, underground water-courses and bizarre forms of erosion.

Please click on the image below to start a small slide show.

Grotta del Vento