Ciao! I was so lucky to have been able to experience Italy the summer of 2005. Traveling outside of the country had always intrigued me, but I never really thought I could actually go anywhere. My senior year at CMSU(Central Missouri State University) I had learned about the summer photography trip. Apparently the department takes one every year, and that year it was to Italy. I decided that, it was now or never, so I went. I didn’t even need the 3 credits that came along with it.
At first I was nervous. Not about going out of the country, but about not really knowing anyone else on the trip. I knew names, I knew faces, and I’d had a couple classes with a few people, but I wasn’t really close to anyone on the trip. I was so so so surprised how quickly that changed. Within the first hour of waiting at the airport I felt I already had new, lifelong friends.
This trip was just what I needed at the end of my college career. I learned that I actually can do things on my own. I can make the most of whatever situation I was thrown into. It gave me the confidence I needed to start my life after college.
Part of the requirements of the trip was to create a portfolio when we got back. Here part of mine:
Taken from the boat on the way to Capri, Italy.
I shot this one from my hip. I really loved how fast paced Rome was. Everything was at it’s busiest at night. People were out at 10pm having dinner and drinks. Here in the states most people seem to be home in bed at that time.
Just some weeds.
It was her wedding day! Her and her groom went on a stroll through Piazzo San Marco (St. Mark’s Square). Below, she stopped to feed the pigeons.
This guy was soaking up the rays while laying on a rock beach. That’s right, no sand. It was all rocks and people laid out on them like they were comfortable. My feet hurt from standing on them.
Venice is famous for the gondola rides! Our Gondolier was so hott. Until he took of his sunglasses that is and we saw his unibrow. LOL.
In America we have garages, In Venice, they have canals.
First hand look on how hard life can be sometimes.
We were also given daily assignments to photograph. Each picture is labeled according to the assignment:
We were totally spying on these guys from high atop the tower at Assisi.
Italians really know how to show they love each other. I don’t think anyone had a problem with PDA.
This assignment was to show opulence (wealth, riches, abundance) and poverty (no money, goods, or means of support).
The top picture, Laundry Day, was actually taken while I was on the bus ride back from our first day in Rome. Talk about timing. I loved how people did things there. She had no shame hanging her underwear out the window to dry. The bottom picture, Crate Hauler, I ran half way down the street to take the picture. You just don’t see things like that here.
So much live music! Being a music lover, this was such a great experience. We had lunch in Rome our first day and we decided to sit outside of the restaurant because it’s actually cheaper that way. Sitting inside you actually have to pay more just because you are inside. The perks about sitting outside: Not only was the weather beautiful, we got to enjoy the live music!
That little guy was so good!
We made it! Only 400+ steps to the top of the Bell Tower in Florence . You think you’re in pretty good shape until you have to climb 400 stairs.
Juxtaposition (side by side). This was on the way up the bell tower in Florence, Italy. This served as a nice resting place on the journey to the top.
More pictures from the trip!
New friends! Group shot in Venice!
Our tour guide Stefana!
Happyzz was responsible for my first Italian meal! The other group that we were meeting for the same tour had a delayed flight so they took us to a nearby town called Arona. We were hungry and we could read Pizza 2 Euro, so why not eat pizza. lol. Notice how the sign says coca-cola and pizza 4.3 Euro. That means the coke was 2.3 Euro which is about 3 american dollars. I refused to drink any type of soda while we were there. I’m pretty sure I had pizza every day while i was in Italy.
Piazzo San Marco (St. Marks Square) is the most famous square in Venice. People love to by the bird seed and stand and let all the pigeons land on you! I think James is trying to dodge a few of the pigeons. lol.
Blair & Me on the top of the Bell Tower in Florence.
A medieval town. Best know for St. Francis of Assisi.
Basilica di San Francesco
His outfit was just so cute.
If you don’t remember the story of Pompeii, this was the civilization that was devastated after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, a volcano. Roman life was frozen as soon as it was burried on 24 August 79, and remained very well preserved until an accidental discovery in 1748. I remember watching a video in grade school about the story of Pompeii and I’ve since then been intrigued about it. This was my favorite part of the whole trip.
This map shows all the streets of Pompeii
The best tour guide when had! He saw that we were photographers, and respected that we were there to take pictures. He would yell at people down the street to move out of the way so we could take our pictures. When he took us into one of the bath houses, he stood at the door so only our group was in there, so we could get our pictures. He was great!
These are stepping-stones in the streets. Why? Well, how else are you gonna get across the street if there is water in the street after a big rain?
Bigger stones for a higher street.
A mummy. Scary to think that’s exactly the position he died in, mouth open at all. He must have been screaming. So so sad.
The culprit. That’s Mt. Vesuvius in the background.
The water is such a pretty blue like this because the light is reflecting off the coral.
We went through this cave on the boat.
Who needs a beach chair when you have a nice comfy rock??
Trevi Fountain. It is believe that if you throw a coin into the fountain you are ensured to return to Rome, throw two coins and you are going to find a new romance. I think I only threw one. I’m still waiting to go back.
The Roman Coliseum.