My per­fect day

Mario La­porta

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In­ter­view with South­ern Italy’s pho­tog­ra­pher and co­or­di­na­tor for Agence FrancePresse

Neapoli­tan by birth, La­porta is a pho­tore­porter. He has used his images to de­pict scenes from ma­jor world con­flicts work­ing with pres­ti­gious agen­cies in­clud­ing Reuters.

For the last five years he has worked as South­ern Italy’s pho­tog­ra­pher and a

co­or­di­na­tor for Agence FrancePresse

Naples in five snapshots. We asked Mario La­porta, a Neapoli­tan photo re­porter to use five of his pho­to­graphs to de­scribe the unique trea­sures of our city and its “Neapoli­tan” spirit, cap­tured through the lens of a pro­fes­sional. Here are the pho­tos he has cho­sen for our read­ers.

GAL­LE­RIA UM­BERTO I

The most fa­mous Gallery in our city. I chose it be­cause it pos­sesses a style of ar­chi­tec­ture that I ad­mire pro­foundly. Out­side, it boasts two im­pos­ing en­trance arches while in­side, you will find two streets en­hanced by el­e­gant in­laid floor­ing that in­ter­sect un­der its cupola. It is one of Naples’ most vi­brant lo­ca­tions, where you can still en­joy a good cup of cof­fee at its bars, ogle its shop win­dows or ad­mire the 18th cen­tury paint­ings of the Church di Santa Brigida. A place that has pre­served the spirit of its orig­i­nal role, namely a cross­roads be­tween the San Carlo Opera House and the sea over­look­ing the Span­ish Quar­ter. AROUND SANTA CA­TE­RINA DI GIO­VANNI RICCA.

Gal­lerie d’Italia, Palazzo Ze­val­los Stigliano I ab­so­lutely love art, and I en­joy walk­ing around mu­se­ums. I am of­ten in­volved in the or­ga­ni­za­tion of art ex­hi­bi­tions, even at the Gal­lerie d’Italia, home to art that I truly ap­pre­ci­ate. The ex­hi­bi­tion ded­i­cated to Gio­vanni Ricca’s Santa Ca­te­rina is just one ex­am­ple of the beauty that cap­ti­vates on­look­ers.

THE STEPS OF SAN FRANCESCO

A splen­did walk which leads from the hill of Vomero to via Aniello Fal­cone and then on to Via Tasso, through Corso Vit­to­rio Emanuele end­ing up at the sea. Since I am a na­tive of Vomero, this is one of the places that is dearest to my heart, and, af­ter all, all roads in Naples lead to the sea.

VIA DEI TRI­BUNALI

I have al­ways con­sid­ered this part of via dei Tri­bunali as the per­fect im­age to rep­re­sent the lights and shad­ows of our city. The ‘Tri­bunali’ rep­re­sent the belly of Naples, its navel. I have al­ways be­lieved that the con­tra­dic­tions and ex­tra­or­di­nary beauty of our city could be sym­bol­i­cally en­cap­su­lated in this photo.

VESUVIUS

This photo was taken from my home in via Santa Teresa, the road which leads to Capodimonte. It is the view that I en­joy ev­ery day. I chose the photo por­tray­ing Vesuvius be­cause here in Naples we are fa­tal­ists: it is our beloved vol­cano that de­fines our lives, even in­flu­enc­ing our mood when we first wake up in the morn­ing. Some­times all you have to do is look at it to re­mem­ber who we are.

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