Gallery: Searching for New Perspectives in Rome
Just how do you approach such an iconic subject without repeating what literally millions of people have photographed before, especially when you are visiting such a place for the first time yourself and are inevitably drawn to the same few (extraordinary) places as any other of the millions of travellers that visit Rome each year? The answer is – with difficulty.
When visiting a place for the first time and on limited time budget (I had just short of three full days in Rome) you will spend the majority of your time there visiting the most visited and the most photographed parts of the city. I am certainly not advising you don’t visit the Pantheon or leaving your camera in the hotel when you do so but how do we satisfy the tourist in us with want to capture something special?
People are certainly almost always different. People can sometimes make a scene seen millions of times seem fresh new and exciting (otherwise no one would be photographing New York street scenes any more).
People doing things, walking, talking, interacting and admiring those classic million times seen things that otherwise we skip so fast can make a shot more interesting.
One the things I love about Rome are its facades. Terracotta, aged, crumbly texture heavens just draw your eye. Italians can certainly make neglected, old and crumbly look really beautiful. Possibly my favourite shot of the whole trip is called After the Night Out as it symbolises Italy to me as I experienced in my mind’s eye. Martinis and those crumbling facades…
And sometimes photographs that could be taken really just anywhere when added to the whole gallery do help build the picture of what you felt like when you were there.
So, I am now really yearning for my next trip to Rome. With my tourist batteries charged a traveller in me will get a chance to really take something special next time I am sure. Destination E.U.R. next time where political history and present thought mix with some rather amazing architecture, built by new age ceasar next to Rome of the past. A chance to photograph something (relatively speaking) new but at the same time quintessentially Roman.
March 13, 2010