Italy Tag

Photographing a Festival in Naples

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Waiting for a vial of blood to liquefy was the last thing I expected to be doing on holiday but there I was in the Duomo in Naples camera in hand doing just that.  Festivals - as it turns out - are great to photograph. They show a city or village on one of its most important days and this was no exception. This time last year, I was photographing the Ceremony of the Liquefaction of the Blood of San Gennaro.  San Gennaro’s blood liquifies every September 19th and predicts how the year ahead will be.  If the blood liquifies, it ushers in a year of good fortune for Neapolitans.   Thousands of people gather in the Cathedral to witness the miracle of the liquefaction of the blood of their protector and Patron Saint, San Gennaro. Shrouded in myth and superstition, the liquefaction is a religious ceremony that dates back to the late 1300s. I...

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Naples, a Vespa and Caravaggio

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If you love Italy and art, like I do then Naples, Vespas and Caravaggio are three words that will make your heart skip a beat.  The question is, what do these three things have in common and how have they influenced and inspired Jacqueline Bawtree, photographic artist, writer and storyteller? Welcome to the first in a series of interviews called Creatively Speaking where I'm sharing conversations with artists about their creative inspiration and processes - something I'm endlessly interested in as I continue my own artistic practice in photography. Jacqueline and I started working on this blog back in 2014 and it's been an on-going conversation that we've finally finished to launch this interview series.  Jacqui and I first met when we both worked for a communications agency in Sydney.  Over the years we've shared a similar journey pursuing something we both love - photography.  I have deep admiration for Jacqui's work and I’m excited that she's my first interview...

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