Berlin’s Cathedral – Festival of Lights 2018

Foto: Berlin's Cathedral - Festival of Lights 2018

Berlin’s Cathedral – Festival of Lights 2018 – © Marco Ristuccia

Like every year, this is the moment of the Festival of Lights here in Berlin. Usually I don’t like nor make those kind of shots. They are, so to say, too touristic. But in the last period I’ve been working too much time at home in front of my PC. And I needed an excuse for getting out and breathing a little bit of fresh air. Moreover, such a kind of posed images are always a good occasion to use my Hasselblad 503CW together with the CFV-50s digital back, which usually sit unused collecting dust. Past and present united together, this is what I think every time I observe these two examples of mechanical and electronic excellence that complement each other in a perfect aesthetic symbiosis.

The atmosphere here in Berlin is always calm and pleasant, and I really enjoyed this short walk to the Berlin’s Cathedral. Out of the many ones, I’ve chosen this shot mostly because of the couple’s silhouette standing through the backlight of the fountain, at the bottom part of the frame.

Taken with the Zeiss Distagon 40mm f4.0 FLE.


As always, fine-art prints of my works are available for sale in limited editions.

Photography Laboratory

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I’m very pleased to announce that starting September 29th 2018 I’ll start teaching a Photography Laboratory class at the Berlino Schule, in the city of Berlin.

The course, held weekly, will be conducted in Italian language and will cover all the most important technical and linguistic fundamentals of this powerful means of expression.

The first trial lesson will be a free of charge. It will be an opportunity to meet each other and start getting into the lair of the White Rabbit. :)

For more info, program and applications please click here.

Facebook event by clicking here.

Photography Course – Base Level

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I’m very pleased to announce that beginning March 17, 2018 I’ll start teaching a base level course of Photography at the Berlino Schule, in the city of Berlin.

The course will be held in Italian language and will cover all the most important historical, technical and linguistic fundamentals of this powerful means of expression.

The first lesson will be a free trial. It will be an opportunity to meet each other and start getting into the lair of the White Rabbit. :)

For more info, program and applications please click here.

Facebook event by clicking here.

Happy Holidays!

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Berlin-Wedding – © Marco Ristuccia

Another year is gone by, and I feel I’ve made some little steps further, especially regarding the consciousness of my photographic aims. Lots is still to be learned and new challenges will come. Let’s move forward, bit by bit, with energy and belief.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

New project and book: In the Tunnel of Love (Klevan, Ukraine)

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“In the Tunnel Of Love” #23 – © Marco Ristuccia

In the Tunnel of Love

When speaking of Ukraine most people immediately think of war, poverty and social problems. – The more I was intrigued when I looked up lists on the internet of the most romantic destinations in the world and always found a place in Ukraine on top: the Tunnel of Love. With the intent of investigating this internet hype I went there for a month in June 2017 together with my partner and journalist Christine.

The idyllic Tunnel of Love, a 4 km long arched canopy in northwestern Ukraine between the villages of Klevan and Orzhiv, was created in a joint collaboration with nature and man. After a wood factory was founded in Orzhiv in 1870, a single-track railway connection was built through the dense forest to Klevan’s main railway station, where timber continues to be reloaded and transported away to different countries. Depending on the schedule, a loaded train puffs through the forest at a leisurely pace several times daily, from the wood factory to the railway station and back again when empty. Often enough to gently force the branches of the trees along the track into an arch shape, rare enough to allow romantic couples and curious strollers to take long walks on the tracks and enjoy nature in an otherwise untouched state, a sort of fairytale world.
But even such a peaceful place cannot keep reality out: a Ukrainian military base, where defective tanks and weapons are repaired and made ready for use again, is hidden deep in the forest. The station has also been using the Tunnel of Love for a long time to protect her freightage from prying eyes. Some locals even claim that the tunnel has been well preserved only because of military interests.

A book about the Tunnel and its contradictory history, its people and the sometimes funny side of romance will be published soon.

Link to the first chapter of our book (a reportage):
http://photography.marcoristuccia.com/portfolio/ucraine-tunnel-love/

Reportage photos: © Marco Ristuccia
Reportage text: © Christine Roth