If you are looking for a historical town which can inspire you, Valletta is the place for you! It’s a very diversified town, in which you can find some very different spaces and places derived from completely different origins and stories.
With «Valletta» I mean the historic walled citadel, which is the Republic of Malta main administrative district. Obviously, as what happens in other countries and cities, this part of town is part of an urban agglomeration (in this case, known as Greater Valletta).
I visited this town in a very hot August day and there was a very strange light, I don’t know if it’s a peculiar feature of the town or something I found randomly only in that day. However, the atmosphere I found was really warm and the pictures turned out to be very yellow (in the case of the XR film, setting the LC-A at 25iso) or light blue (in the case of the XPro Chrome film). I think that this kind of light is due to the reflection of solar rays on the white and beige walls of the town: this kind of different light radiation is quite visible in my pictures, if you pay attention and watch them in HD.
Valletta is set in a little peninsula, so it’s surrounded by water for almost its whole perimeter. City walls are huge and the most monumental part is in the entrance of this historic citadel. The streets are amazing and very narrow and the only people who live inside can use cars; houses and buildings have a characteristic Mediterranean look, visible through windows, terraces, roofs, gates, and trees which you can find in the parks.
There’s a lot of religious monuments, because of the Catholic devotion that Malta citizens have: the Republic of Malta is one of the most Catholic countries in the European Community and this is the reason why you can find a very high number of churches and cemeteries.
Generally I’m not a fan of the main monuments of the countries that I’m visiting because I like to photograph the inner essence of the population more through some lifestyle shots: people in their usual and simple activities, unknown streets, cars, parks, trees, road signs, corners, objects. I think this is the best way to show how people live in a place, which is completely different from the one you are use to live in.
Outro/Footer: Alessandro Panelli (aka yo.panic or .panic) is a Medicine and Surgery student, a photographer and a writer from Padova (Italy, near Venice). Read more about Alessandro’s work and life “here":http://alessandropanelli.tumblr.com or add him on Facebook or Google+.