They say it’s necessary to challenge yourself as an artist to understand how far you can go and how much of yourself you can give. I’ll be totally honest, I’m terrified of challenges, I always feel I’m not “good enough” for whatever it is. This time around, however, I decided to step out of my comfort zone with my photography and try something new. I went on a trip to Italy and Spain with just one camera and 6 rolls of film. The camera was a Canonet G-III QL17, a camera from the 70s that I got for very cheap on eBay. Pretty much everything on this camera is manual and you definitely need to think about everything before “pulling the trigger”, from the composition to the focus and the exposure.
On this trip I didn’t want to focus so much in the art or the place but on the people interacting with the art and the place. As always, I like to focus on love; after all this is Italy!
You can’t visit the Coliseum and not take a picture. We’ve seen it a thousand times (history book anyone?), so I wanted to give a new take of the Coliseum. Nothing special.
I’m a wedding photographer after all and I’m drawn to love. Again, nothing special, but I couldn’t resist the impulse and captured a couple of images of lovers in Rome. After all, the Eternal City is one of the most romantic places in the world!
Forget the fact that everyone is waiting for Pope Francis to come out of that little room on the left, and forgive the quality of the shot as a whole, the film was not suitable for such poor light; but this is one of my favorite shots. The sculptures on top seem to interact with the people at ground level with their phones and cameras out. Absolutely wild.
If you’ve followed me for a while you’ll know by now that I’m a “symmetry junky”, I’m just drawn to it. Italy is almost perfect in that regard, anyone else annoyed by the lack of a Swiss guard near the right booth?