Saturday, June 30, 2012

Obamacare

Obamacare by OldScratchedVinyl
Obamacare, a photo by OldScratchedVinyl on Flickr.
Via Torino, Milano, Italia. June 2012.

Saturday here, just finally got time to watch The Daily Show and The Colbert Report while having brunch with the lady friend and I gotta say, awesome news with the judging on Obamacare. Now, putting that behind, another picture of simple street fashion for the summer. Hope you also like this one. Today I'm going out to do a photoshoot for Onto My Wardrobe so hopefully I'll also get a new batch of street shots for y'all. Drop a comment with suggestions or requests.

Also, I've been toying around with the idea of taking some shots of other bloggers for a series of pictures so if you're interested and can make it to Milan to get some pictures taken email me at OldScratchedVinyl at gmail.

Thanks y'all. Until tomorrow, have a great Saturday! :)

-R

Friday, June 29, 2012

Safety first

Safety first by OldScratchedVinyl
Safety first, a photo by OldScratchedVinyl on Flickr.
Via Torino, Milano, Italia. June 2012.

This just goes to show how Milanese women treat fashion. I've seen women in heels on bicycles even, never losing style. This photo was real funny to me when I first saw the scene, I loved how she was in a dress on platforms but with a full on helmet. Usually you see them with those small open ones, not this racing kinds. I thought it was a nice contrast. Hope you like the pic as much as I do. Check back later today for a new post. Cheers, y'all. Have a nice Friday! :D

-R

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Eyes cream

Eyes cream by OldScratchedVinyl
Eyes cream, a photo by OldScratchedVinyl on Flickr.
Corso Vittorio Emmanuelle, Milano, Italia. June 2012.

Follow up with another really simple style to wear this summer for the heat outside, paired up with tasty eyes cream of course. I've been getting a couple comments lately, I really appreciate it! :D Thanks for leaving a line down in the comments section. Tis good to know at least someone out there is looking at this blog thingy haha. Tomorrow some more street shots, check back soon. Hit like on the facebook page at: http://facebook.com/OldScratchedVinyl if you wanna get notified when I post something new. Thank y'all, adieu for now.

-R

Eazy duz it

Eazy duz it by OldScratchedVinyl
Eazy duz it, a photo by OldScratchedVinyl on Flickr.
Corso Vittorio Emmanuelle, Milano, Italia. June 2012.

This comes to show most times easy does it. Just casual and simple, yet tasteful and overall good looking. You have no idea how many people I see around who probably spent two hours in front of their dressers to look awesome just so they can go out shopping. Take a look at most my street shots, most people have shopping bags in their hands. I always remember the Buddhist saying: "Do not speak - unless it improves on silence." Think about it in terms of clothes, people nowadays put too many layers over layers, sometimes it's good to keep it simple. Why fuck with something that is already fine, like with all the classics, don't try to fix what ain't broken.

Check back later today for another photo, leave a comment for suggestions and requests. Thanks for reading, y'all. Peace.

-R

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Magna

Magna by OldScratchedVinyl
Magna, a photo by OldScratchedVinyl on Flickr.
PIazza San Babila, Milano, Italia. June 2012.

As promised, 2nd post of the day: men's fashion around Milan. I gotta say, you've gotta have some bawls to go around Milan in a suit these days, it is HAWT! hot hot hot. Specially if you never break a sweat and your hair keeps its shape. So this post goes out to those brave men who put style over comfort, cause who knows, today might be your lucky day. I hope y'all like this photo as much as I do. See you tomorrow for 2x1 wednesday... more street fashion tomorrow. Check back soon. Cheers, people of the sun.

-R

Lawdy, Miss Clawdy

Lawdy, Miss Clawdy by OldScratchedVinyl
Lawdy, Miss Clawdy, a photo by OldScratchedVinyl on Flickr.
Colonne di San Lorenzo, Milano, Italia. June 2012.
As promised, I'll post 2 street fashion posts today. This one I snapped yesterday at Colonne, the infamous columns where people go get shitfaced during the weekends... and weekdays, and pretty much anytime it's not too cold or raining. A must visit if you're visiting Milan. This woman stood out because most people now are using small shorts or short skirts, a tee maybe, a see through blouse, I dont know. Long skirts with florar patterns always look pretty in summer and paired ith the long hair and the brown bag seemed like a nice pic to get. Hope y'all like it. Later today I'll post a MEN's fashion pic! :D woot woot. Lawl. See y'all later, now I'm off to go cycling with the lady friend. Have a nice day.

-R

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Return to sender

Return to sender by OldScratchedVinyl
Return to sender, a photo by OldScratchedVinyl on Flickr.
Piazza del Duomo, Milano, Italia. June 2012.

Let me begin by saying that the new Microsoft's Surface tablet thingy is a piece of shit. First of all, these thing already existed on Android, a thin keyboard, usb or docked that u could attach. Secondly, if you notice they just put all the shit from the laptop behind the screen instead of under the keyboard, shifting the thin part of your laptop to the bottom... You can detach it, and so, it's like an iMac now, or something... Fuck it, there's no innovation at all, it's just a nice PR stunt and I hate seeing so many people excited about it. It annoys me, haha.

How do they pretend to compete against the iPad or android tablets that are much cheaper and good and seeded in the marketplace? Consider this, for the younger ones or the not so tech savvy, Microsoft already came out with tablets before, much before the iPad even existed, even some laptops where u could turn the screen and close it and use a little pen thingy to use the screen, like old technology before touchscreen. Nobody fucking wanted that shit, no one. It sucked, it was a mess, the system was too heavy for it, it overheated, the screen wasn't that good and the operating system was nowhere near optimized to be used as touch only without a keyboard mostly.

This one has the same issues, except for the screen, screens now are awesome. The iPad was succesful because no one wanted to use a stylus, those shits get lost ALL the time. Nobody wanted a full OS in a tablet, it was too much trouble, drivers, compatibility, etc etc. No one was going to replace their home PC or main computer for a tablet like this with a full OS. Apple hit it in the head of the nail by making the tablet an add-on experience to the main hub, the computer you already owned. It wasn't a replacement and it didn't make you feel like you had to choose weather to spend your time in one or the other. It was simple an easy and quick and anyone could use it right off the bat.

Add to that that Windows 8 is nothing but Windows 7 with the touchscreen thingy running on top of it, the hub shit from the Zune and the Windows Phone that everyone hates. Brace yourself for another Windows Vista fiasco. Maybe it won't, maybe people won't mind since Win7 is already ok and the touchy touch is optional. Fuck it anyways, this tablet they're cooking smells rotten. I'll leave you with this video of them presenting the thing and having it not work:



On other things, I know some of you have asked me when I'll post some more street fashion shots and the answer is: Tomorrow! Tomorrow expect 2 of those... maybe 3 if I'm too good, haha. The pic of this post was taken earlier today, it caught my eye a lot and made me think about all this things... how people can be so fucking scared of pigeons in this city? It's weird but funny. I like pigeons, i guess. See y'all soon. Peace.

-R

Suspicious minds

Suspicious minds by OldScratchedVinyl
Suspicious minds, a photo by OldScratchedVinyl on Flickr.
Piazza del Duomo, Milano, Italia. June 2012.

This photo might seem busy but once you find the right box it's all clear. Don't let the green bag distract you (cannot be unseen). Hope y'all like it. Today I'm going out to shoot some more pictures, with luck I'll get some awesome ones to share with y'all. Have a good day peeps. Cheers.

Btw, I have a rant on the works... so expect a long angry post soon haha.

-R

Monday, June 25, 2012

Italia 4 - 2 England

Italia 4 - 2 England by OldScratchedVinyl
Italia 4 - 2 England, a photo by OldScratchedVinyl on Flickr.
Piazza del Duomo, Milano, Italia. June 2012.

Last nite Italy beat England 4 to 2 via penalty kicks in the Eurocup. Everywhere here you could hear people screaming and see people wrapping themselves up in flags, smiling. I thought I would do a small post dedicated to them. In this picture I really enjoy how the duomo in the background adds this element of eeriness to the whole scene. Makes it feel bigger than it is. This small kid definitely knew how to kick a ball for his age. Maybe one day he'll play professionally, who knows. I just know back home this would also be a big deal, its stupid things like this that makes people appreciate their country and their culture and come together at least for a few hours. Differences go away. So we should appreciate them for that, at least. Have a good week, y'all. Cheers.

-R

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Teh Robot Bag

Teh Robot Bag by OldScratchedVinyl
Teh Robot Bag, a photo by OldScratchedVinyl on Flickr.
San Babila, Milano, Italia. June 2012.

Today we got bikes. :) They're not that great, they're a bit fucked up and old but they will do. I'm so happy about that. Now, with that out of the way, today also I had one more designer bag lecture by my sweet ladyfriend. I gotta say, out of them all this one which I call the Robot Bag, due to it's resemblance to the head of one of those squared tin robots from the 50's, is one of the ones I like the most. It's simple but elegant and seems functional. Not like other crazy shit they do just to look fancy. The way it folds when closed... good design anyways. So nothing, here, a pic of one of those robot bags. I hope you like it. :) See y'all tomorrow. Have a great saturday evening!

-R

Friday, June 22, 2012

25 to life

25 to life by OldScratchedVinyl
25 to life, a photo by OldScratchedVinyl on Flickr.
Piazza San Babila, Milano, Italia. June 2012.

Friday post, you thought it wasn't coming didn't you? but here it is. Late for the europeans, in time for americuh.

This image is meant as a little follow up to the last post. What if they actually did meet after. With the streets of the center empty of people, such a weird sight even at night, this image was shot in the afternoon tho. Making stories in my head is interesting, I should keep writing, it sucks to have no time.

On other things, tomorrow the ladyfriend and I are going, again, to try and get some god damned bicycles. Wish us luck this time. :p Until tomorrow people, enjoy your friday night! :)

-R

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Mentlegen

Mentlegen by OldScratchedVinyl
Mentlegen, a photo by OldScratchedVinyl on Flickr.

Piazza San Babila, Milano, Italia. June 2012.

Sometimes the story behind the picture is a mystery even to me. When I saw this man standing there, clearly waiting for someone or somewhat, I couldn't help but realize I had to take a shot of it. It's honestly a bit too dark but I had no choice, the moment was too quick. Shortly after the space between us got invaded by a hundred people rushing through.

San Babila in Milan is definitely one of my favorite places to procrastinate, sit down and do nothing or walk around window shopping. Yesterday the ladyfriend and I met a couple friends for shopping and aperitivo. It was a good day besides a minor incident regarding a foot and an inch and a half nail. o.O Today is a day for working on architectural projects and stuffies, wish me luck. I hope y'all like this picture, and hopefully the man didn't have to wait too long for whomever he was waiting for.

-R

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Soltanto

Soltanto by OldScratchedVinyl
Soltanto, a photo by OldScratchedVinyl on Flickr.
Piazza San Babila, Milano, italia. June 2012.

This guy plays often in Milan, and he is good. It's like an italian little Noel Gallagher. Good with Oasis song, some Coldplay and even some Cesare Cremonini, which happens to be my favorite italian singer. You can look him up on Facebook as Soltanto, his name is Matteo Terzi. Last weekend he did a show on Cordusio, inbetween the Duomo and the Castle for some charity, I bought the cd that came with an awesome black and white picture and all the money went to this charity that helps kids who have nothing. Check him out if you're in town, it's free to listen, tip the guy and I assure you it's worth it to stop for a while. Hope y'all like the pic. See you tomorrow. :)

-R

One for the aunties

One for the aunties by OldScratchedVinyl
One for the aunties, a photo by OldScratchedVinyl on Flickr.
Piazza del Duomo, Milano, Italia. June 2012.

Everyone who stops by this city takes a picture in front of the Duomo; I did it, you will too. This is not an easy task, there's people trying to sell you stuff all the time, lucky wristbands, pigeon food, flying toys, umbrellas, you name it. o.O It's a battlefield. Just say no, take the perfect postcard picture for the family back home and keep on walking.

I'll post a couple pics of the track later today, remember, Wednesday's 2x1. ;D Hope you enjoy this shot, this street photography is really nice, if someone is interested (cause I got asked) maybe I could discuss my camera settings in depth on a later post. Drop me a comment. Peace y'all. 

-R

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Billy

Billy by OldScratchedVinyl
Billy, a photo by OldScratchedVinyl on Flickr.
Colonne di San Lorenzo, Milano, Italia. June 2012.

I always see the weirdest people at Colonne. It has some Harajuku thing going on, is the place where I can see the small subcultures out in the sun even in summer. Punks, goths, rockers, Axl Rose wannabes, everything. Therefore I always make it a stop in my shooting route around Milano. This shot is just about people, hanging out, relaxing, being people. I thought it had a nice composition and some interesting elements that got nicely framed by the columns behind them. Hopefully you'll like the shot.

Today I'm going to Monza to ride a bike through the F1 track, couldn't be more excited. Maybe I'll come back with some interesting pics to show y'all. Enjoy your day. Smile.

-R

Monday, June 18, 2012

H2O

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Colonne di San Lorenzo, Milano, Italia. June 2012.
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Milano is definitely a city of foreigners and tourists. Even the italians who live here are 98% of the time not from Milan, a big part will say they're from this place close to Milan, but not really Milan. Then there's the whole fashion deal: fashion week, male fashion week, fashion night out, etc, etc, etc. This attracts so many tourists. I think most of the people who stop by this city come here to shop rather than to see the Duomo or Da Vinci's Last Supper, per se. In a way for me it's been good, the center is a place where 1 out of 3 people have a camera around their necks, so it's easier to go around shotting and not looking so weird. Also gives me a bit easier access to some interesting outfits on people, more than in most other cities I could think of, without having to really hunt down pictures. I could definitely just sit down in some busy street and wait for people to pass by. Yet I enjoy the walks, the different little areas of the little city. The cities mood and how it affects the people's mood. There's many things to see and do here in Milano, if you ever have the chance stop by, say hello.

This picture was taken at the entrance of the infamous Columns of Saint Lorenzo (I dunno if I should translate that). They seemed interesting, sometimes the attitude can make the outfit either so much better or so much worse. I hope some of that got caught on camera for you to see. Hope you like it. Cheers.

-R

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Shimano

Shimano by OldScratchedVinyl
Shimano, a photo by OldScratchedVinyl on Flickr.
Somewhere in between Via della Spiga and San Babila, Milano, Italia. June 2012.

Sunday morning, quick post. Today I might be picking up one of those old cheap bicycles from a second hand market, if I manage to find a decent one. Wish me luck, enjoy your day y'all. Don't get too far down the rabbit hole.

-R

Saturday, June 16, 2012

屋代駅

屋代駅 by OldScratchedVinyl
屋代駅, a photo by OldScratchedVinyl on Flickr.
San Babila, Milano, Italia. June 16, 2012.

First, I must apologize for not posting these past couple days. Believe it or not being an architecture student might quite possibly steal all your time away sometimes. Now, today I went out for a shoot for the ladyfriend's blog (Onto my wardrobe) and while walking down Corso Vittorio Emmanuelle in the center we saw this group of breakdancers putting up a show. It was short but quite entertaining. Nyways, out of all the shots I got this one caught my eye the most; the way his legs are floating, in motion and his face of full determination and will. The staring people on the background, amazed. Truly an on-going moment stopped in time. Exactly the definition of a photograph I guess.

So here, I hope you like it. I'll start posting often again, daily when time allows. Keep checking back, drop a comment in the box, I really appreciate those. Have a nice weekend, what's left of it. Adieu for now.

-R

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sear me pale sun

Sear me pale sun by OldScratchedVinyl
Sear me pale sun, a photo by OldScratchedVinyl on Flickr.
Piazza del Duomo, Milano, Italia. June 2012.

2x1 wednesdays! :D lol Just kidding, but seriously. Second post of the day. On this shot I really liked how she was holding her stuff in her arms, and her peaceful expression, like thinking about something, something sad enough to make her have the need to hold on to something and just behind someone going the other way fast on a bike. I always tend to see a bit more in pictures than just what's there. Little stories in my mind about people I don't even know. Either way, a good fashion shot (I hope). Hopefully y'all will like it. Until tomorrow, people of the sun.

-R

Where's Miranda?

Where's Miranda? by OldScratchedVinyl
Where's Miranda?, a photo by OldScratchedVinyl on Flickr.
Via Torino, Milano, Italia. June 2012.

Quick morning post. Heading out to run errands and then roam around the city again looking for some nice shots. Wednesday, my favorite day to go to the movies, who has tickets for Batman yet? :D What are your plans for the day?

-R

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Addas

Addas by OldScratchedVinyl
Addas, a photo by OldScratchedVinyl on Flickr.
Sion Agami, Corso Vittorio Emmanuelle, Milano, Italia. June 12th, 2012.

Today I went out shooting all afternoon with the lady friend and we met a friend by chance in the center. :) Hope y'all like his photo. Also, I got a bunch of shots so keep checking back daily for more street photography and fashion shots. Peace out.

-R

Monday, June 11, 2012

Layers

Layers by DekinaiKa
Layers, a photo by DekinaiKa on Flickr.
June 9th, 2012. San Babila, Milano.

They're the thing right now in male fashion; like good lasagna, the more layers the better.

I'ma be posting a pic a day for as long as I can, mostly with barely no text, just street photography and fashion shots. Check back often, like the page on fb, comment, share, all that good stuff. Thanks y'all. :)

-R

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Arpeggi

Arpeggi by DekinaiKa
Arpeggi, a photo by DekinaiKa on Flickr.
Giardini Publicci Indro Montanelli. Jun10, 2012. Noon-ish.


The interesting thing about this new project are the long walks. Usually when I used to walk back in the city (MXcity) people are just a blur, you stop noticing faces or clothes or anything really. It's just a mesh of colors that you don't want to bump into as you rush down the street walking so fast it's like everybody has a heart in a lunchbox waiting to be delivered to a hospital asap.

Walking just to enjoy walking, opening your eyes and actually looking around you. Trying to see things that will happen before they do. Leaping 5 seconds into the future to frame that shot of that person in a bicycle going right towards you, or so you hope. All sinks in nicely in the end. Days seem way longer than they actually are, too much information to process. Suddenly you're home with a memory card in your hand and the hopes of a few shots you'll not like but love. This kind of stare, like this girl's, is the one I get right then.

I have to say tho, this might definitely not be a street fashion photo, but I think this street photography project can be a bit broader. Two reasons, firstly it's not as often you get a good shot of someone awesomely dressed enough to be a Sartorialist-ish shot and secondly I think just people in general when they have something that catches the eye can have also a lot of impact. Let me know your opinions on the matter on the comments below. Hope you liked this post. Until next time, y'all. Peace out.

-R

Florence and the machine

Florence and the machine by DekinaiKa
Florence and the machine, a photo by DekinaiKa on Flickr.

  • Usual breakfast back home: Scrambled eggs with ham, french toast, orange juice, milk/coffee. Quick preparation and tasty.
  • Usual Italian breakfast: Cappuccino + brioss. That's it, grab it in any bar anywhere for 1,80.
  • My usual breakfast: No breakfast.


I don't understand which one is worse. Probably all of them in their own way. I have to admit tho, these italian espresso machines are a thing of beauty. This one is a photo I shot at Design Week here in Milano a couple months ago. I wish I could've turned it on and have some coffee being poured on it but oh well, I still think it's a nice shot.

Have a good weekend people! :) Good morning Milano, please don't rain again.

-R

Thursday, June 7, 2012

I shoot people

OSV 2012 by DekinaiKa
OSV 2012, a photo by DekinaiKa on Flickr.

After much thought I decided to take this street fashion thing a bit more seriously, so expect some one liner posts with a pic here and there mixed in with the usual rants. I'll try to post more often because of this as well, considering it's just a photo with no text i hope it won't affect the flow of my usual topics for my non existant readers (lol). So if you're into fashion, check back often, I'll have some weird outfits and some chic shit up soon straight up from the streets of Milan. Sounds kewl, no? Kind of... It will be definitely interesting for me. I gotta thanks Irene for the encouragement btw, shoutout to the ladyfriend. And nothing, for now that is all.

One last thing, now you can get a hold of me via email at oldscratchedvinyl@gmail.com for questions, collabs, fuck knows, anything, hit me up. Until next time, people of the sun.

-R

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Polly wants a cracker

Polly wants a cracker by DekinaiKa
Polly wants a cracker, a photo by DekinaiKa on Flickr.

Street fashion photography is a risky business. To begin with I am still not confident enough to just approach people and ask them for a picture for my blog... specially since my blog is not mainly about fashion or street shots or whatever (ex. The Sartorialist and all the alikes); and my interest is not enough to justify even having a blog dedicated fully to such a thing. Therefore I decided I will post here and there some street fashion shots of cool people I see around Milano. This obviously means also that I'll spend sometime outside looking for this pictures, just while on the move if the chance appears.

Second concern came when I realize I still really do like taking pictures of people who don't know they're being shot. When people pose to me it just looks so fake most of the time. Even with people who look really amazing when they pose sometimes they lose all the charm they had and look totally boring and inexpressive. So I decided my flow will be both taking some sniper shots and then ask for a pic or two, then decide. In this case the unaware shot made the cut. It's weird and busy but I liked it better.

Let me know what you think, if you want to see more of this shots, if you wanna be on one haha. Nada, tomorrow's wednesday, good day to go to the movies. See y'all out there.

-R

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Optical Waveguide

Optical Waveguide by DekinaiKa
Optical Waveguide, a photo by DekinaiKa on Flickr.

I talked a bit about how I experienced the birth of what I called the "age of instant gratification" before, it's incredible to see how much things have changed in just less than half a century. Our grandparents grew in a totally different world, no cellphones, no internet, no international connectivity, no globalization, not as much variety in anything, music, tv, radio, news... Kids went out and play ball. Steve Jobs will be studied in elementary schools by our children and our children's children as the man who drove this next "industrial revolution"-ish thingy; from huge computers in universities and governmental research facilities to having an even more powerful machine than those in our pockets that also includes a mobile phone. Mobile... phone, some star trek shit right there. Whatever, a lot of good things were lost, but we also gained a lot.

Specially, I think, the easy way we now have to share information. Remember the twitter news when the Egyptian revolution just a couple years ago? Not even the government can now silence people. We all get a voice, out there for whomever is willing to listen. There's books, for free, you can download. Music, old radio shows, tv shows, whatever you want for entertainment, yes, but there's also that part of knowledge. Magazines, books, research, blogs, tutorials, videos, documentaries, news sites from both corporations and just associations of people. It's all out there just waiting for someone interested. You can learn how to cook, how to play guitar, how to use photoshop, how to use your new camera, how to beat that old mario game, how to solve your homework. You can learn, that's the point here.

You can't imagine the number of things my curiosity has led me to learn about. It's just amazing the vast array of information we as a whole have put together in all formats available to us, from photos to video to text to just anything really. It rendered the Encyclopedia useless... mostly, wikipedia has mistakes, but I'm sure encyclopedias kind of did too sometimes. When it comes to technology things change to fast.

Ideas travel through this optic fiber strings, like light, enlightening us, making us smarter, more educated, less easy to control and to mesmerize with stupid political agendas. It's election time back home and all I see is this misinformation spreading, people who complain for nothing, people who complain with reason and backing statements, proof. I see empty promises and empty demands alike. I think in these times it's just a crime for someone to be uninformed. In Cuba they have this phrase: "Ser cultos para ser libres." which I can loosely translate into "Be educated/cultured to be free".

Thanks for reading.

-R.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Menassaince

Menassaince by DekinaiKa
Menassaince, a photo by DekinaiKa on Flickr.

No more metrosexual-ism, no more hipster-ology. Let's just be classy again like our grandparents were before. Or something like this, anyway. :p