I am spending few days in Tarvisio, in the far north-eastern of Italy for a few days of holiday. It's about three years since I passed through here: the crisis in these parts can be heard clearly, and there are many shops that have closed down. There are also many abandoned buildings, a sign that people are slowly leaving the city.
Tarvisio has certainly seen better days, as shown the activities that once animated the life within these buildings. The bar, the haberdashery, the butcher, the hotel, the restaurant, even the military hospital... Inside and outside those walls time has almost stood still: to mark his passage there is the slow consumption of things, bricks, wooden doors, windows and beams.
The series of photographs that I'm taking in these days is also a good way to give myself a personal assignment and find the necessary incentives to photograph. To take the photographs I have used ultra-wide angle lens cameras to compensate for the absence of shift lenses. For a couple of shots I used my Leica M Monochrom with the Voigtländer Super Wide-Heliar Aspherical 15mm f4.5, while for all other I preferred my brand new Fuji X -T1 with its Super EBC Fujinon XF 14mm 1:2.8 R.
Taking pictures of architecture with the Fuji X-T1 is much simpler than with the Leica: the electronic viewfinder with built-in bubble level allows framing with more precision and minimize the prospective interventions in Lightroom. The quality of the Fujinon 14mm, moreover, does not regret the use of the most noble goals: for these photos I used an aperture of f/8.0 that ensures a uniform sharpness throughout the frame, and an adequate depth of field.
The other merit of the Fujinon 14 is the almost total absence of distortion, which again simplifies the work in post production. The exceptional sharpness of the X-Trans sensor did the rest, giving the images a look of medium format film, accentuated by square framing and a black and white with Kodak Tri-X Pan shades. The conversion to black and white was made with Silver Efex Pro 2, modifying one of the available presets.