SHOOTING IN ITALIAN ALLEYWAYS

I sat by the washing, waiting for an old man with a dog to walk by.  A lady with a stick was just as good. How's that for an authentic Italian cliche?

I sat by the washing, waiting for an old man with a dog to walk by. A lady with a stick was just as good. How’s that for an authentic Italian cliche?


Venice is popular. For good reason, of course.

Venice is popular. For good reason, of course.



Naturally, much of the Italy we tourists see looks like the picture on the right, but as photographers we prefer the privacy of deserted places.

So although it’s not possible to avoid the well-trodden path altogether, you can glance sideways into every little alleyway, point the camera at it and hope that it might be free of visitors.

If you’re really lucky, you might even spot a local doing something colourful and charming.

Verona alley
Red washing, Venezia
Pensione Venezia
Venezia Canal
Bridge, Venezia

Oops! There could be an accidental tourist caught in this shot.

Oops! There could be an accidental tourist caught in this shot.


Ah, that's better!

Ah, that’s better!

14 Comments

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14 responses to “SHOOTING IN ITALIAN ALLEYWAYS

  1. Nice pictures, especially the one reflection….

  2. Angela Highstead

    Beautiful photo’s Richard. We are tourists but always lovely to get away from the ‘madding crowd’. My sister and I did this in Venice and found a little local supermarket in a back street, not a tourist to be seen. And in the process were literally slapped on the wrist by a nonna because we didn’t know you had to wear plastic gloves to touch the fruit and veg.

  3. One of my favourite subjects – other people’s washing!

  4. a

    and there i was looking for the junkies? beautifully done and thank you, a

  5. Thank you so much for the Italian stories, Richard! We’ve issued ourselves a travel ban to get some ‘urgent’ things finally sorted out at home. In fact, we are preparing to sell the house and we just heard today it might take up to a year in the present recession to find a buyer. So please keep on pouring these posts, especially from the Mediterranean, preferably Italy, thank you!

  6. Beautiful photos, Richard. I can’t wait to re-visit Venice/Italy in September :)

  7. Che bellezza, Richard. Thanks for these posts

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