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Silent night
Contest Number: 206 Contest Theme: Night Scene Lens: Laowa Zero-D 12mm f2.8 Camera: Pentax K1 Shutter Speed: 1/8s Aperture: F8 
Posted By: micmrc, 10-08-2023, 07:36 PM

'Silent night'
Like stars in a black sky, Christmas lights during a solitary Porto Mandracchio at a lockdown Christmas.
Grado, Italy. Michele Marcolin, 2020. K1ii + Laowa 12mm f2.8 (in-cameracross process).

I took this picture in January 2021 still in lockdown, during one of my illegal exits. I recall a very quiet night, with hardly anybody around, in this town that in summer - but also on occasion of these winter holidays - is packed with tourists. And despite the madness and absurdity of the situation, I have fond memories of that holiday in Italy, probably more than those of any other winter, having spent most of the time at home with my mother and our dog (RIP), or alone, outside, during my illegal exits during the nonsense lockdown. As a matter of fact, living in Japan and having been kept prisoners here - as non Japanese - for one whole year (2020) without possibility of getting out (actually of coming back in, if we had gone out), I was worried for my mother who was alone. The other reason is that I mistakenly cancelled the whole batch of images during a HD cleaning, and prodigiously managed recovering most of them despite weeks of heavy use of the drive.
Anyway, I managed sneaking back 'secretly' just after Japanese authorities allowed 'detained' foreign residents to leave. The atmosphere I found in that abortion of a political community which is UE and Draghistan (the then vaccinazist sultanate formerly called Italy) was very surreal, but... at least people had still expectations for a better course. Expectations which eventually were proven wrong... as, indeed the whole Europe is now forever ****ed by the stupidity and ignorance of their leaders, and on the road to economic and social demise. One more reason for me to treasure this image, for the memories and feelings it still brings back.

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