These are twenty of many images I’ve made in Italy from 1985 until 2014, a project which will be ongoing as long as I can board a plane and walk. Italy is the birthplace of Franca’s parents, and as a part of that family through my marriage to Franca most of our living relatives are in Italy, and a wonderful group of people too.
Before I met Franca I had never been to Europe although my father made sure I read about it, history and art, and I had 21 hours of art history in college before that fateful day the plane landed in Frankfurt, Germany and I knew I was home, even more so as we slipped into Italy.
After twenty years I see I’m fascinated by the textures revealed by the sunlight of Tuscany, Puglia, the Alto Adige and Sicily. I never tire of making images in Italy. Of course, it’s easier now. In 1985 I took 60 36 exposure rolls of Ektacolor Negative film to Europe, had to protect it at the gates with a lead lined bag. Even though it was a simpler time for air travel there was still screening. I could only evaluate the “take” on our return after processing and printing. Now I shoot several thousand images on a trip, all RAW to “get it all” and overshoot a lot. The instant feedback is a great stress reliever. The whole process is a lot more fun.
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