Trio of Italian Photos

I have just curated three photos from my Italy catalog to become part of this gallery available for purchase. Through all of my years of photography, my subjects, techniques and approach to the practice has constantly evolved. The photos I present here are a direct result of that process. My travels have produced thousands of wonderful, memorable images. The trick is for me to understand what sort of photo is generally interesting enough for a wide swath of people if my aim here is to offer my art for your walls!

 

I traveled to Bosa on the west coast of Sardinia to capture this grand panorama of colors and to walk her medieval streets and alleys. The visit did not let me down and several of my personal favorites came from here. The moment you step off the plane on Sardinia you have an immediate sense of history. Visiting the various nuraghe, which date back to a period called.. prehistoric! A phalanx dated about 18,000 BC has been found and everybody intent on conquering the mediterranean set up shop here. 

 

Santa Maria Dell Salute demands attention and most people see her as a background to their Venice visit as it sits off of the throngs of St Marks Square on a tiny finger of punta del dogana where the Grand Canal meets the Giudecca Canal. At this point the Grand Canal really becomes more of a fine lake than a canal with a substantial amount of room here for all of the comings and goings of Venice. The short story is that after the plague of 1630 the doges felt compelled to build this church as a votive offering for its emergence that saw 1/3 of the population killed by the pandemic. Each year the Senate would visit the church on November 21st which continues to this day as one of the grand festivals of the city! I took many, many photos of this church during the dawn to morning session I spent around the point. I love the imposing nature of this particular shot where you can see the detailed sculptures of all the usual suspects associated with the roman catholic church.

 

The third photo in this drop is such an idyllic shot which I took when I departed Venice and took a grand loop through the Veneto into the Dolomites for a few days. Now, several years later, I read with horror about how tourism has overrun this tiny valley that was full of cows, cheese and chairlifts that leads the winter enthusiasts up and out of these beautiful valleys that dot the Alps of Italy, Switzerland and Austria. I stayed at a wonderful family run ski lodge not far from this church. But if I came again I would stay right at the agro tourismo farm stay that has the church on its land! I got a chance to shoot this setting two times; late afternoon and got this shot the following morning as the clouds from a first snow parted! This is what makes photography exciting; knowing that thousands of others have come here to shoot but MY shot captured this specific moment! I especially like the contrast between the green and the white of the first snow.

 

 

There is something about Vivaldi and working on images from Italy that just seems right! I love all music for the most part and classical music is ingrained in my soul as my Grandfather was a concert pianist and the conductor of the MIT orchestra back in the 50's. Antonio Vivaldi was born in Venice in 1678 and died in Vienna in 1741. It is recalled that Bach was very much influenced by him. Interestingly, much of Vivaldi's work was lost for more than a century. In 1926, alone, more than 14 bound volumes of his work were discovered in a monastery in Piedmont! They contained 300 concertos, 19 operas and over 100 instrumental works. This rediscovery continues even today with some of the most recent finds in the 2000's!!! He was at the top of his game earning commissions from royalty but by the time of his death he was penniless. Perhaps, he is best known today for his "Four Seasons" which, too, was also lost until the 20th century.