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Stazione Termini

Posted on Dec 28, 2008 | 6 comments

Rome was late in getting a train station for itself, the first incarnation being built right around the Unification. The current structure was dreamed up by Angiolo Mazzoni in the 1930s, but not finished until after WWII. This shot is of the side of the building, going down along via Giolitti. The use of marble and the repeating arches recalls a classical influence typical of many architects of the 1930s. In fact this side reminds me a lot of the Palazzo della Civilta’ Romana in EUR, a district built by Mussolini for the purpose of a World’s Fair—which never happened. In order to get the coloring I wanted, I overexposed the shot. The first photo is exactly as I shot it, and the second is a little photoshop magic to make a contrasting color, which I think makes the architecture pop even more and gives it an interesting artificial feel.

For more on the architectural history of the station, TrenItalia has a surprisingly informative page.


  1. this is so cool. It doesn’t even look like a photo but rather like a drawing or a painting

  2. Thanks! Above all, it doesn’t even look like Termini! Amazing what white washing does to an object.

  3. Nice shot. Some texture or clouds in the sky might be an interesting addition.

  4. Thanks Stevo. I’ll have to go back another day when the sky is better. Unfortunately there weren’t many clouds today and kind of a bland greyish tone.

  5. Jessica: You could do it yourself in Photoshop. Very easy.

  6. I know, but I actually prefer to keep the retouching to a minimum (ok except for the second photo in this), it’s a personal preference of mine. At least for the ones I publish on the blog. Sometimes I play around with things just to see what I can do since I’m a self-taught photoshopper.

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