Black and White Portraits of Italy
This summer while travelling through the north of Italy I shot a series of street portraits of ordinary people doing every day things which I called “Portraits of Italy”. #portraitsofitaly Photos were taken as I travelled through the following areas: Milan and Lago Maggiore, Aosta, Genoa, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, Florence, Modena and Venice. I converted all of these to black and white as I find it focuses you in on the person instead of the colours and the surroundings.
Lago Maggiore area
A drive up the east side of Lago Maggiore with stops in Arona, Stresa and Canobia.
Aperitivo in Arona
Catching up on the news in Arona
Snoozing on bench in Arona
Our first aperitivo in Italy was in Arona. (Note to self, you don’t like Campari!)
Waitress in Arona
Taking the the mannequins for a walk in Stresa
Blond girl on the lakeshore in Canobia
We drove from Castelletto sopra Ticino where we were staying to the Italian side of Mont Blanc. We stopped in several places along the way and spent some time walking in the town of Aosta.
The boys having a beer in Aosta
Watching the pigeons in Aosta
Commuting on a bicycle in Aosta
A quick visit to the boardwalk in Genoa while we were driving through. Only stopped for one night.
Discussion on the boardwalk in Genoa
Once I saw photos of Riomaggiore while planning this trip I knew that this was a place I had to visit. It’s a fascinating area to photograph.
Fruit stand in Riomaggiore
Barista in Riomaggiore
Checking the laundry in Riomaggiore
Train workers end of shift in Monterossa al Mare
Waiting for the train in Monterossa al Mare
Watching the world go by in Monterossa al Mare
Tuscany was another stop we had to make. We stayed in Tignano and visited the areas around by car.
San Quirico d’Orcia
Barber in San Quirico d’Orcia
Taking a break from making Pecorino cheese, San Quirico d’Orcia
Market day San Quirico d’Orsia
Chef and mini client in Siena
Street musician in Siena
Barberino Val D’elsa
This was right across the valley from where we were staying at the Castello Di Tignano.
Window gardening in Barberino Val D’elsa
Fixing the car in Barberino Val D’elsa
Artist in San Gimignano
Young lovers in San Gimignano
Enjoying a gelato in San Gimignano
Seamstress in San Gimignano
Hanging the clean clothes out to dry in Montepulciano
Street musicians in Florence
Bicycle commute in Florence
Caleche in Florence
I think this was our favourite place, very few tourists and a really nice walkable town. Loved the market and the Balsamic Vinegar!
Early morning bicycle ride to the market in Modena
Butcher shop in the Modena market
Fruit and vegetables at the market in Modena
Consulting behind the counter in Modena’s market
It was a bit harder to find the locals in Venice with the 73.8 gazillion tourists but I did find a market that had some local colour if you got there early in the day.
Butcher shop client in Venice
Gondoliers in the Grand Canal, Venice
Breakfast pastries in Venice
Early morning fruit market in Venice
Relaxing and enjoying a glass of wine in Venice
Vaporeto worker in Venice