New Updates! – (& Summer Semester in Italy)

Welcome to my blog! It’s the 21st century so I figured it was time to join it. Everyone’s blogging, vlogging, then blogging again, so I figured I’d give this a try! Here’s a bit about me.

I’ve always been a small bit creative (imo), but I was usually very bad at expressing that side of me. Ever since I started photography, the expressing part got a bit better. Now as life takes hold of you and on the rare occasion, you take ahold of it, I’m getting the opportunity to go out and see the world (or just the next subway stop!) I want to use this blog to share places to go, things to do, sights to see, and everything else in between!

I hope you’ll enjoy coming on this journey with me as much as I will!

For my first series, I’m going post some old pieces I’ve written about one of my first big trips!

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In the summer of 2014, I spent the first half of the summer in Italy for school, finishing my degree with some electives. For the program, I spent a week in Rome and the following four weeks in Venice studying art history and photography. Having to learn more about photography in a classroom setting opened my eyes and mind up to different aspects of photography and art, beyond the technical. In my time in Italy, I shot a lot of different series (I guess you could call them that) ranging from stereotypical sightseeing shots to the candids and everyday life shots of the people of Italy. In addition, my final project for the semester was a curated series on a topic/theme of my choice (and I chose textures – as there were so many different and interesting ones in this foreign land I was in). I’ll post the different series over time.

Here, I have the sightseeing shots. Some of these shots are more stereotypical, but the lecturers I had in Rome challenged us to shoot common themes and subjects (touristy sightseeing destinations, art, etc.) from a different angle, one that you wouldn’t expect to see on the internet. She challenged us to break the mold of what was conventional and really capture the subject differently (and I shot a lot of different things with that idea in mind – most of the time anyways).

Everyone knows there must sees in each of the major Italian cities, the Forums in Rome, the Rialto in Venice, etc. etc. But here are some things that you might miss!

Rome:

  • La Casa del Caffe Tazza d Oro – THIS IS THE BEST DAMN COFFEE IN ROME. link It’s right outside the Pantheon and it’s “sort of” in a little alley way. You’ll order your coffee the Italian way. Order, Pay, take your little receipt to the counter and then they’ll make it fresh, right there.

Venice:

  • Dal Moro’s (formerly known as Alfredo’s) – A lot of people ask me what I miss the most about studying in Venice and it’s not the people, or the art, or the history, but it’s Alfredo’s, now known as Dal Moro’s. This is in a small little alleyway near San Marco’s link and there’s usually a line. But if you’re lucky, there won’t be. Let me tell you, this might look like some small hole-in-the-wall pasta joint serving it in paper boxes, but when you’re squatting in Piazza San Marco eating it, you won’t regret it one bit … maybe a little if you forgot to order a drink too. Don’t read reviews about the food, don’t do anything. Just go try it. It’s amazing, I promise you. I won’t even describe to you what it tastes like.
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