Rosemary, today March 4 2019 in Siena at the 14th century Palazzo Borghesi.
Perhaps this third batch of A5Galaxy phone photographs I took in Italy accompanied by my Rosemary will be the last of them. I know that when Facebook shows me images taken years ago on today's date (an important one in 2019) I cannot ignore this fine trip which I shared with Rosemary. Since every batch contains at least one photograph with Rosemary I am again faced with attempting to comprehend how that smiling love of my life is no longer with me. In my brutal philosophic thought I say she is not while I am. And I grieve.
All these photographs and the ones from these two previous blogs (links below). They contain what I wrote about them when I posted them in Italy
Again stress how Rosemay kept teaching me about my craft even though she was not a photographer. Today, March 4, 2022 I am a better photographer because of her.
The renaissance, so central to a Florence in a glorious past, makes me think of its translation into Spanish "renacimiento" which means literally a rebirth. That and the 18th century "siglo de las luces" or the century of lights make me mull over, while at the Florence airport on our way to Frankfurt, if I can re-inject some enthusiasm as I arrive in Vancouver, a city with air, space and water. Will Italy be an MSG that will linger or will it fade?
Instead of getting off at the bus station from our Siena trip we opted to do so at the Arno. The walk to our hotel was a bit tough but we saw this. Tomorrow we wake up at 4 for our Air Canada 6:30 flight to Frankfurt, then Montreal and finally Vancouver.
Elegant simplicity and no hordes to marr it.
Foto permitted outside in this Siena establishment.
Rosemary in Siena after buying Italian Merino wool sweater at Benetton. She is wearing it.
This view is from the top and outside of Duomo di Siena. Fewer steps than the more famous Duomo in Florence.
Romulus and Remus are everywhere in Siena, seen here at the Duomo di Siena.
I find that unintended shakes with my Galaxy A5 produce lovely results as this one in the Siena Museum.
This Lucrezia, circa 1510-1512, by Weimar artist Lucas Cronach amply made for me the dearth of Dürer.
This portrait of San Girolamo was the only painting or work by Dürer in a Siena exhibition on him. The rest of the works were by contemporaries.
This view in one of the Siena museums reminded me that perhaps our trip to Italy became a rest from my portraiture and that when we arrive in Vancouver, while tired, I may find myself refreshed.
While I consider myself to be a portrait photographer I have been attracted to the elegant sobriety of a more modern Italian approach to colour that seems to avoid the reds of renaissance art.