An Infinite Variety ...

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It seems as though there is an infinite variety of ways to explore Genoa.

I couldn't resist using those words.  Most easily, you can use your own two feet, alone or guided.  There is a hop on/hop off bus.  There are segway tours.  A miniature train tour.  And, of course, public transport.  There are boats, bikes, outdoor elevators, and a funicular too.

And this rickshaw guided tour ...  


Girovagando qua e la'...

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I returned to Genova in mid-March, and have spent the days since, walking these streets I love so well.  Walking with my camera in hand, as always ... 

It has been a difficult return.  Flying 10 hours back in time, to a new, much smaller, bedroom, and a complicated by all kinds of uncertainties.

But as always, the city has soothed me, and my city walks are getting me through these days of downsizing and exploring new opportunities.  

A facebook friend recently wrote, girovagando qua e la', and after translating it, I stole the words to keep for myself.  

Wandering here and there so perfectly describes my exploration of the city.  And, perhaps, my life too.

The photograph ... I found it at the weekend and loved it.  I actually discovered the artist had wandered all over the centro storico, leaving their distinctive art everywhere.  I wonder who it was ...

EuroFlora, Italy

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Nervi, in Liguria, is hosting EuroFlora this year.   And as the small coastal town is only 9kms from Genoa, so it is that Genoa is celebrating the international event with a variety of EuroFlora-orientated actions.

The most startling, for me, has been the overnight appearance of 100s of brightly-coloured umbrellas, hanging above particular streets here in the city.

Walking to work recently, I discovered Via Aprile's sky-view had been completely filled with open umbrellas.  And over days, other streets and ceilings too, have been filled in the same way.

I wanted to capture the display in a different way, and actually ended up taking a series of images.  The photograph above was my favourite.

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Portrait Photography ...

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There is almost always laughter involved, in attempting to capture the soul of a person ... that photograph that gifts you a glimpse of who they might be when they relax.

We wandered around the Botanical Gardens, finding spaces where they could just be who they are.

A huge thank you for trusting me.

A Short Post About Joy ...

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I rediscovered the joy I experience when trying to capture the heart & soul of those I'm photographing.  

I was incredibly tired this day, and had no idea how to pull it together for this photography shoot.  

I had forgotten.  There is always this up-welling of joy when I work with people, trying to find who they are and gift it back to them in their photographs.

A Wild Ride ...

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It has been wild ride, this homecoming.  A time of old friends, family, dental work and trying to work out where I belong in the world.

I rode in on a wave of joy.  A few tears slid down my face when I landed in that old familiar airport, and then again when I saw my sister and nieces. 

I crashed here, when I compared my life to others I knew, seeing how vastly different mine was.  I lost my way for a while.  Lost my nerve.

Slowly I've picked myself up again, by understanding that I regretted very little of it.

It's been a wild ride ...

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