Viva Italia!

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I have so many fond memories of my travels to Italy. This beautiful country has inspired my growth as a human being and my creativity as a photographer. For that I will always be grateful.

Here are just a few images as a loving tribute to this richly cultured country as it negotiates this unprecedented moment in its history.

Viva Italia!

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Be safe, everyone. Stay home if you can. Together we can prevail.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

©Dorothy E. Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2020
Aimwell CreativeWorks

Enchanting Italy

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I must be an old soul for I love the ancient places.

Take me to Italy or Ireland (see previous post) any day.

Coincidentally, or not, I’m currently reading Roma, Steven Saylor’s epic novel on the history of Rome. Which reminds me it’s time to go back and take a fresh slate of pictures.

Thanks for visiting,

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2018 … Aimwell CreativeWorks

Weekly Photo Challenge: Favourite Place

Into the Fray

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray

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Fray: conflict

Into the Fray II

A carriage horse moves into a mob of tourists clogging the high-traffic artery between the Piazza Della Signoria and the Piazzale Degla Uffizi in Firenze.

For the equine this is going “into the fray.”

I know this horse is used to his job but still, what a brave soul.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

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Leaving

Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast

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Leaving Pitti

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I love the play of light and shadow.

During our many travels in recent years I have, quite by chance, created a series of images dubbed the “International Man of Mystery.”

Who is that tall, dark stranger?

My husband, actually, but you’ll only ever see him from behind or in the shadows. It adds to the mystery. 😉

Usually these magical moments happen by chance. I’ll see the mystery man in a certain situation and scramble to capture it before the moment’s gone.

This time we orchestrated opportunities a little more, but generally I try to keep the moments as spontaneous as possible.

This image was taken as we were leaving the beautiful Palazzo Pitti in Florence last month.

For more International Man of Mystery interpretations, visit the dedicated gallery at Aimwell CreativeWorks.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

The In-Between … Florence, Italy

 

 

Between

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We were in Italy the past couple of weeks. Started in Florence for a few days, rented a spectacular villa in Tuscany for a week with five couples from our neighbourhood, and then spent the last four days in Venice.

This trip proved an epiphany for me ~ a sign that the worst of my journey with adrenal fatigue is likely behind me, and that I can now look forward to being more fully engaged with life.

I can hardly express my relief.

For the past few years I’ve inhabited the in-between ~ crossing the bridge from a life time of PTSD, and all the dysfunction that implies, to a healthier and more functional way of being. I’ve been healing and this trip to a land steeped in culture and history and landscape and pizza has proven just how far I’ve come.

Italy, my panacea ~ the flavourful food, the delicious wines, the interesting character(s), the incredible vistas, the intense colours, the ornate murano glass, the exquisite leathers and fabrics, the refreshing gelato … an exquisite jumping off point to another amazing chapter in my life.

I feel so fortunate.

Of course, the healing journey continues, but I can move forward now knowing that the progress has been worth the pain and that I am on the right track.

So, with beautiful Italy still very much forefront in my mind it seems appropriate to share this image taken from the Ponte San Trinita in Florence, looking down the River Arno toward the Ponte alla Carraia. Beyond this second bridge and waving between the arches is a sculpted stickman planted on some kind of jetty in the middle of the river ~ no doubt there to add a little whimsy and amuse those, like myself, addicted to standing on a bridge capturing countless images of the setting sun in Italy.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

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