People often tell me that of all my images, the ones of Italy are their favorites. I started wondering why, I think i know the reason. Now I will admit that Italy has many beautiful cities. Rome is one of the world's truly great cities. Venice is a beautiful mystery waiting to be discovered even after thousands of years. The architecture of Italy is amazing. There are ancient structures still to be seen to this day, some being excavated as you watch. The Roma ForumThis was for centuries the center of Roman public life: the site of triumphal processions and elections; the venue for public speeches, criminal trials, and gladiatorial matches; and the nucleus of commercial affairs. Here statues and monuments commemorated the city's great men. The teeming heart of ancient Rome, it has been called the most celebrated meeting place in the world, and in all history.Located in the small valley between the Palatine and Capitoline Hills, the Forum today is a sprawling ruin of architectural fragments and intermittent archaeological excavations attracting 4.5 million sightseers yearly. Then there are the landscapes of Italy. How do you describe them adequately? I really can't but then, I'm not a poet or writer but a photographer.
The Grand Canal of Venice ItalyThe banks of the Grand Canal are lined with more than 170 buildings, most of which date from the 13th to the 18th century, and demonstrate the welfare and art created by the Republic of Venice. The noble Venetian families faced huge expenses to show off their richness in suitable palazzos; this contest reveals the citizens’ pride and the deep bond with the lagoon. Amongst the many are the Palazzi Barbaro, Ca' Rezzonico, Ca' d'Oro, Palazzo Dario, Ca' Foscari, Palazzo Barbarigo and to Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, housing the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. The churches along the canal include the basilica of Santa Maria della Salute. Centuries-old traditions, such as the Historical Regatta (it), are perpetuated every year along the Canal. Ahh, then there's the people. Now there's a reason to love Italy. They are warm, generous and overflowing with the love of life. That truly describes the people of Italy.
Bride & Groom Just married I was walking around Burano when I saw a wedding party was just leaving the wedding. Naturally I started taking pictures. The best man and others showed them with Rose petals Breakfast in RomaA Businessman stops for breakfast which included Espresso and a sweet roll. Taken in the Campo De Fiori Two Italian Gentleman enjoying a breakfast of Espresso and a cigarette Also in the Campo Di Fiori Young Love in Roma Did I mention Italians love romance?
A band playing during lunch in the Campo Di Fiori In Italy music can come from every corner anytime of the day or night We can't talk of reasons to love Italy without mentioning the food and wine. In my opinion Italy has the best food anywhere in the world. It's amazing because it is simple, uses the highest quality product and they don't add too much to it. It sounds like I could be describing good photographic technique.
Ricotta Stuffed Zucchini Flowers. This was in a restaurant in Venice and they were delicious Fresh Anchovies simply grilled and dressed with Olive Oil and Fennel FrondsSame restaurant in Venice as the flowers, what a lunch lol The owner of Da Romano in Burano6Th generations of the same family For all reasons I've mentioned, my images of Italy might be my best work. I think you photograph best what you love the most. For me, I love the USA but I also love my heritage: the Italian culture I was raised in. I also love my family especially my wife and I love making images of all of them.
Italy will always be strong in my heart and soul, the place that I feel closest to my bloodline. I love all things Italian including cooking the food while listening to Dino, Frank and Pavarotti. I adore the women, the art and, of course the Vino. All of it is the best in my opinion!
I'll close with some more images of Italy but let me give a little advice in how to improve your photography. Realize what you love in your world, photograph it and keep photographing it. I bet you'll make some of your best images and all your photographic skills will improve.
My last words will be some Italian sayings that I think apply to photography.
Chi dorme non piglia pesci – Those who sleep don’t catch any fish, plus they miss the best light.
La semplicità è l’ultima sofisticazione – Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
-Leonardo Da Vinci. Just like Italian cooking plus if Da Vinci thinks it's true, it is!
Una cena senza vino e come un giorno senza sole – A meal without wine is a day without sunshine. This doesn't really apply to photography but it is very true ;)
Mangia bene, ridi spesso, ama molto. – Eat well, laugh often, love much. Words to live by
Now some final images of the land I love: Italy.
Piazza are all over Italian Cities Squares are where life happens in Italy like this one in Roma A Rainy Day in VeniceWe took a walk in the rain and I made this image. Don't allow the rain to take away a great image, get out in it and keep your camera covered. Storm coming in VeniceDark storm clouds moving over Venice The Rooftops of Roma Sant'Agnese in AgoneSant'Agnese in Agone (also called Sant'Agnese in Piazza Navona) is a 17th-century Baroque church in Rome, Italy. It faces onto the Piazza Navona, one of the main urban spaces in the historic centre of the city and the site where the Early Christian Saint Agnes was martyred in the ancient Stadium of Domitian. Construction began in 1652 under the architects Girolamo Rainaldi and his son Carlo Rainaldi. The Piazza Navona in Roma Simple window with patio The combination of Italian Stone used in buildings and the beautiful Roman light makes a simple scene like this special Sunset in Roma. The Castel Sant'Angelo in Romahe Mausoleum of Hadrian, usually known as Castel Sant'Angelo, is a towering cylindrical building in Parco Adriano, Rome, Italy. It was initially commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family. The View into Roma from Castel Sant'Angelo