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Black and White Portraits of Italy

Checking the laundry in Riomaggiore
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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.

Portraits of Italy: aperitivo in Arona

Aperitivo in Arona

Portraits of Italy: reading paper in Arona

Catching up on the news in Arona

Portraits of Italy: snoozing on bench in Arona

Snoozing on bench in Arona

 

Our first aperitivo in Italy was in Arona.  (Note to self, you don’t like Campari!)

Portraits of Italy: waitress in Arona

Waitress in Arona

Portraits of Italy: walking the mannequins in Stresa

Taking the the mannequins for a walk in Stresa

Portraits of Italy: blond girl in Canobia

Blond girl on the lakeshore in Canobia

 

Aosta

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.

Portraits of Italy: the boys having a beer in Aosta

The boys having a beer in Aosta

Portraits of Italy: watching the pigeons in Aosta

Watching the pigeons in Aosta

Portraits of Italy: commuting on a bicycle in Aosta

Commuting on a bicycle in Aosta

 

Genoa

A quick visit to the boardwalk in Genoa while we were driving through.  Only stopped for one night.

Portraits of Italy: discussion on the boardwalk in Genoa

Discussion on the boardwalk in Genoa

Cinque Terre

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.

Portraits of Italy: fruit stand in Riomaggiore

Fruit stand in Riomaggiore

Portraits of Italy: barista in Riomaggiore

Barista in Riomaggiore

Portraits of Italy: checking the laundry in Riomaggiore

Checking the laundry in Riomaggiore

Portraits of Italy: train workers end of shift in Monterossa al Mare

Train workers end of shift in Monterossa al Mare

Portraits of Italy: waiting for the train in Monterossa al Mare

Waiting for the train in Monterossa al Mare

Portraits of Italy: watching the world go by in Monterossa al Mare

Watching the world go by in Monterossa al Mare

 

Tuscany

Tuscany was another stop we had to make.  We stayed in Tignano and visited the areas around by car.

San Quirico d’Orcia

Portraits of Italy: barber in San Quirico d'Orcia

Barber in San Quirico d’Orcia

Portraits of Italy: taking a break, San Quirico d'Orcia

Taking a break from making Pecorino cheese, San Quirico d’Orcia

Portraits of Italy: market day San Quirico d'Orsia

Market day San Quirico d’Orsia

Siena

Portraits of Italy: chef and mini client in Siena

Chef and mini client in Siena

Portraits of Italy: street musician 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.

Portraits of Italy: window gardening in Barberino Val D'elsa

Window gardening in Barberino Val D’elsa

Portraits of Italy: fixing the car in Barberino Val D'elsa

Fixing the car in Barberino Val D’elsa

San Gimignano

Portraits of Italy: artist in San Gimignano

Artist in San Gimignano

Portraits of Italy: Young lovers in San Gimignano

Young lovers in San Gimignano

Portraits of Italy: gelato in San Gimignano

Enjoying a gelato in San Gimignano

Portraits of Italy: seamstress in San Gimignano

Seamstress in San Gimignano

Montepulciano

Portraits of Italy: washing day in Montepulciano

Hanging the clean clothes out to dry in Montepulciano

Florence

Portraits of Italy: street musicians in Florence

Street musicians in Florence

Portraits of Italy: bicycle commute in Florence

Bicycle commute in Florence

Portraits of Italy: caleche in Florence

Caleche in Florence

 

Modena

I think this was our favourite place, very few tourists and a really nice walkable town.  Loved the market and the Balsamic Vinegar!

Portraits of Italy: early morning bicycle ride to the market in Modena

Early morning bicycle ride to the market in Modena

Portraits of Italy: butcher shop in the Modena market

Butcher shop in the Modena market

Portraits of Italy: fruit and vegetables at the market

Fruit and vegetables at the market in Modena

Portraits of Italy: behind the counter in Modena

Consulting behind the counter in Modena’s market

 

Venice

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.

Portraits of Italy: butcher shop client in Venice

Butcher shop client in Venice

Portraits of Italy: gondoliers in the Grand Canal, Venice

Gondoliers in the Grand Canal, Venice

Portraits of Italy: breakfast pastries in Venice

Breakfast pastries in Venice

Portraits of Italy: fruit market in Venice

Early morning fruit market in Venice

Portraits of Italy: enjoying a glass of wine in Venice

Relaxing and enjoying a glass of wine in Venice

Portraits of Italy: vaporeto worker in Venice

Vaporeto worker in Venice

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4 Comments

  1. I love Italy! I think your photos captured Italian culture very well. The black and white effect makes the photos seem older, however you’re reminded that this is “modern Italy” when spotting a girl on her phone, or the fruit stand signs are in euros. I really like the photos where women are hanging their laundry out, and also the bicycle photos are great. We cycled through some of these towns in Italy, and places like Modena have very good inner city bicycle paths and networks. It really is how locals get around.

  2. Angela Tostevin says

    I enjoyed your black and white photographs of Italy. I was born in Italy and you captured the essence of the people and the delicious food! Thank you for telling me about your incredible photo web site. It is amazing!

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