Per l’amore per l’Italia…

“For us to go to Italy and to penetrate into Italy is like a most fascinating act of self-discovery— back, back down the old ways of time. Strange and wonderful chords awake in us, and vibrate again after many hundreds of years of complete forgetfulness.”   – D.H. Lawrence

I’m back! A few overdue updates on my website and blog are coming this weekend.

The first of those is my Italy travel gallery.  I’ve taken 6 months to work my way through editing and choosing my favourites from over 3000 images I photographed while in Italy last April/May. I’ve now combined last years images with the newly edited images from this spring. Also, an addition of a sepia Italy gallery now exists.

The 2.5 week long trip wound us through various locations in Tuscany for 9 days and then culminated  in Venice where I spent a week photographing with 10 other photographers on a Within the Frame adventure hosted by David duChemin and Jeffrey Chapman. All in all, a fantastic experience, with some wonderful and amazing people I now have the honour of calling friends.

Staying in Venice, in one location for an entire week, was a welcome change of pace from having been on the move throughout Tuscany almost every other day. It allowed for repeated exploration of the city at dawn, which, while there, became my favourite time of day. A group of us would meet at the ungodly hour of 430am and photograph Venice coming alive – and inevitably while working behind our cameras, wandering through the endless labyrinth of alleyways and canals, we would, one by one, lose each other  and end up on our own. Those mornings have left me with some of my most cherished of memories.

Italy was magical in its ability to leave me feeling an unsurpassed sense of serenity and happiness while travelling there.  Having said that, both of my journeys, last fall and this past spring, have also had an enormous impact on me creatively, photographically…the quote by D.H. Lawrence above resonates strongly…the country and the experiences I had there have very pointedly sent me onto a journey of self discovery…simultaneously enlightening and challenging…pair this and less than two months later I attended a second session of ART (Artist Round Table) in Port Townsend – the result of these events have left me silent since June. Working through the creative process since has been arduous…and I don’t know that I am quite through it yet, BUT, slowly experiencing more clarity and feeling more ready to attempt articulating and sharing the process here on my blog.

More to come on that topic, in the meantime, enjoy the new Italy galleries! I’ve got a couple more galleries to reveal in the next day as well.

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