Now that the sun has come out in Scotland, it feels like the right time to look back at our trip to Italy last year and do some more blog posts. We spent a few days in that beautiful city Florence and a post on the art and architecture will follow. But I thought I’d start with the people – we like street photography and Florence is full of people – you can’t move without tripping over tourists doing selfies or snapping each other with tablets. However, we tried to focus on the people who live and work in Florence. for instance, this doorman outside a posh hotel.
The priest with his traditional robes somewhat at odds with the modern technology in his hands.
The local gent on his way for a ristretto with his daily paper.
Locals cycling round the many, many tourists
Or stopping to answer that vital text.
Or pedestrians taking that important call.
Or just sitting reading a book.
People live their lives despite the bustle of the visitors all around them.
And even manage to find quiet routes away from the hurly burly.
Having said all that, a post on people in Florence can’t ignore the tourists – and it’s hard to photography some of the main sights without tourists in shot. The replica of Michelangelo’s David outside the Palazzo Vecchio is impossible to photograph without visitors passing by so I embraced them as part of the shot.
And you cannot avoid the crowds outside the Uffiizi if you want to visit its treasures.
We loved the Loggia dei Lanzi with its outdoor gallery of statues as did this couple.
Florence is a beautiful city and we were so fortunate to have the chance to visit – and we look forward to sharing more photos in future posts.
The Victorian Dean Cemetery is still in use and is a favourite tranquil shortcut to the Dean Gallery. It is one of the first cemeteries in Edinburgh to be laid out in formal lines – it is also pretty photogenic.
This statue caught my eye from over the wall in the grounds of the Dean Gallery – she rose up from the trees dwarfing the smaller tombstones around.
Paul caught in the act snapping this fine fella below, the Reverent Francis Gillies, buried in 1862 and lying alongside 2 daughters, 2 sons, 2 wives and a son-in-law.
In the next shot, my eye was drawn to the angles and contrasts of light and dark – there’s a poignancy to the small cross sitting neatly between the taller ones.
Paul was attracted by this sculpture of unknown deceased which stands proud unlike many of the more 2 dimensional relief memorials.
We would recommend anyone wandering around that part of Edinburgh with an interest in local history stops for a nosey – many famous Edinburgers lie in rest here – Elsie Inglis, innovative doctor and suffragist; David Octavious Hill, painter and arts activist, and, with Robert Adamson, a pioneer many aspects of photography in Scotland.; and William Henry Playfair, one of the greatest 19th century Scottish architects whose influence is seen all over Edinburgh’s New Town (often to be seen in henni.photo work).
As I’ve written before, a lot of my shots are taken on the way to or from somewhere, or when just out for a wander, rather than specifically planned. The benefits of living in a city, particularly one like Edinburgh, are endless things going on that can catch my eye, ideally with some good like to go with them.
In the case of these shots, it was this fine gent, Dave, in his hat and coat, ready for whatever weather we were about to experience during the course of the unfolding day. He was good enough to consent to a couple of close portrait shots too, for which thanks.
Another walk along the Water Of Leith to blow out the cobwebs, taking some shots together with our #Fujifilm cameras. It’s as if we coordinated our kit. Quite a few for you this time, but what the hell…
This was a really short lived phenomenon where the low mist was lit by the rising sun. It burnt off really quickly, so I was glad I managed to grab some some pictures. I bumped into Toby Long of Photo Express, so we got shots of each other taking shots, as you do.