Italy on 35 mm Film
"Shooting on film allowed me freedom"
The intersection of beginning to shoot on film & visiting Italy was a happy accident for me.
Shooting on film allowed me freedom. Freedom from the worry of traveling with valuable equipment that could be lost or damaged. Freedom from checking every shot, seeking perfection instead of the reality in front of me. With film, one shot is all you get, but to catch a memory, I’ve found it's all you really need. My camera came from eBay — a $45 find that, after some servicing and an investment in quality 35mm film, has produced images I can’t help but keep returning to.
I’ve spent a couple months in Italy over the last three years, returning after one visit just wasn’t enough. Roaming from fields in Tuscany down to the coast at the feet of Vesuvius, I’ve come to understand hospitality and living-well in an entirely new way. Locals welcomed me in, shared their world and without fail, fed me well. Michelangelo and his family took me to their fields to help with the grape harvest, sharing generations of tradition with excitement for the future. Gabriele grilled fish over coals in his backyard, sharing his understanding of love over a five-course meal prepared with ease & care. These spontaneous al fresco moments gave me a glimpse of the beauty beneath the surface in Italy. The patina on the well-worn buildings holds charm, but the spirit of the people is what draws you in. The faces, shadows & glimpses of a world that’s aged beauty lies in its warmth have stayed with me.
I hope you find the same warmth in these images that I felt in my travels.