Rome: Monochrome

The strangest thing about photography, and images in general, is that the absence of color can actually make an image much more vivid. A monochrome image can actually serve to make a photograph’s mood and tone shout out in ways that color would have somehow subdued. 

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Rome: Remnants

In the heart of modern Rome lies an architectural graveyard dedicated to the power and ingenuity of its ancient ancestors. To walk the same streets, sit on the same steps and touch the same walls as the people of ancient Rome is a surreal experience.

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Positano: Part 1, Peace

This place is like nothing I’ve ever seen before - a vertical city situated precariously on a steep mountainside. A wild mixture of colorful houses, bed & breakfasts and hotels have somehow planted themselves in cliffside positions to secure the best views. Tourism has replaced fishing as the main source of income. This is Positano.

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Herculaneum: Ancient Street Photography

Herculaneum was a second home for the rich, a resort of sorts. Lead pipes took water directly into massive villas (if only they knew what we know now), and residents frequented luxurious bath houses that featured ingenious ways of recycling water and keeping the separate rooms varying degrees of hot and cold at the same time.

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Herculaneum: Ghosts of Vesuvius

The year is 79AD. Mount Vesuvius has been spewing ash and rock into the air for over 12 hours under an ominously darkened sky. You didn’t even know it was a volcano until the moment it erupted. Since then, you and your family have been huddling in the boat houses near your home in Herculaneum, praying for rescue. You attempt to comfort your children, but your own trembling hands betray your projected confidence.

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Umbria: Friends and a Farmhouse

It’s amazing how true friendships can stand the test of time and distance. My wife Amanda has known Marita and Carlos for decades ever since she was very young and living in Spain, and we were fortunate enough to stay with them and see the amazing sights and restaurants in the area from a locals point of view on our visit.

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Umbria: Assisi, A Holy Place

We’re on our way to Assisi, one of the most visited destinations in Umbria. Located on the slope of Mount Subasio, Assisi is known mostly for being the home of Saint Francis and Saint Catherine of Siena, both patron saints of Italy. As with other nearby cities, Assisi has a tumultuous past filled with war, expansion, plagues, pilgrimages and rebirth. Early rain gives way to fog that eventually lifts to reveal sunshine and blue skies. From the Basilica walls, we can now see far into Perugia below.

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Umbria: Stepping Back in Time

We watch Florence drift away through the dirt streaked windows of the Regionale 3153 train en route to Foligno. Blue station signs proudly announce the names of their towns in large white letters as we pass through stop after stop. We pass Porcellino, skirt around the beautiful Lake Trasamino and two and a half hours later, we arrive in Foligno.

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Florence: Street Photography

A rainy first day gives way to sun the next morning. Lost in the side streets. Small alleys and narrow roads. We approach the Duomo and I stop in my tracks - the scale is unreal. How did anyone build this gigantic marvel? Further on now, trapped in a sea of tourists on a small road that suddenly opens up to a huge plaza - the Piazza della Signoria.  Once again the scale leaves me speechless.

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Florence: A Timeless City

After twelve hours of travel by car and plane, I now find myself on a Freciarossa high speed train tearing its way through the Tuscan countryside at 300km per hour. The Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino airport in Rome is now a distant memory. My airplane window view of puffy clouds has been replaced with a train window view of lush green hills and beautiful Tuscan villages. I try my best to counteract the impending jet lag by pulling out my camera.

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