I’m just back from a vacation trip to Italy. It was just my wife and myself, in part celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary coming up in October. It was a chance to use some of the many, many frequent flyer miles that I’ve accumulated in the last few years. I had the chance to spend many hours in a somewhat concentrated fashion making photographs.
We had the opportunity to reconnect with a special place that we had not seen in nearly 20 years: Riomaggiore, a village in Italy that has provided the basis for many images that my wife has in her paintings. In a way, I was there as her photographer, to document the visual so that she would have new references for new paintings.
Riomaggiore is in Liguria, on the Mediteranean coast that is the continuation of the French Riveria. In the west there is the developed “Italian Riveria”, but as one moves east, past Genoa toward La Spezia, the coast is less developed. Just before La Spezia lie five towns which until after WWII were only approachable by boat. A rail line and then a highway opened them up after the war, but they remained much as they were. Known as the “Cinque Terre”, they have been a favorite of artists and poets. At the sea, now cut off from the rest of the village by the rail line is the small harbor.