Just near the Gazometro there is another very interesting and suggestive area in Rome. No, I’m not talking about Fontana di Trevi, Colosseo, Piazza Navona and so on but about via del Porto Fluviale. The Ostiense neighborhood has changed many and many times and is still evolving attracting more people day by day.
It’s a very crowded and known area with many restaurants, bars and pizzerias but it’s also very famous here in Rome for the biggest wall paintings of the city.Buildings, railway bridges, walls: everything is a kind of giant canvas.
So if you take a walk during the day you can see a giant eye watching people crossing streets, an unshaved face smiling to the pedestrian and a ship in the air inside a fortified area.
And then there’s also Hunting Pollution, Europe’s largest green mural created by the artist Iena Cruz, helps to clean the air by the special anti-smog paint used for the painting.
When the night brings on and more and more people meet here eating, drinking and having fun all the wall paintings are still there doing their job. Now with the Covid restrictions everything is more difficult but the Ostiense Neighborhood is still one of the most amazing and always changing in town.
All the shots were taken using a Rollei SuperPan 200 (maybe my favourite film ever), my Canon EOS 600 and my trusted 28mm and 50mm lenses. Some pictures were taken during the last hot summer and others during this not so cold, here in Rome, winter.
The film was developed in Tetenal Parasol S (Rodinal recipe), using the semi stand process (1+100 diluition) anf then printed on Foma semi-matt paper.
As allways the images you see here are scanned from the printed pictures and then cropped a little bit in Luminar.
Many thanks to all those who read my notes till the end!
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