Meditations of Italy
The depictive photographs of world travel sites have lost their allure, whether of nature or historic landmarks. Photographs used to trigger the imagination, leaving viewers to ponder deeply what it must be like to gaze up at Michelangelo's David, or to wander the ancient streets of Florence, part living city, part museum. However, the observer no longer simply admires a photograph capturing the majesty of the Italian Riviera, but instead pines to see it in person.
Enter technology, and ease of travel, and our imaginations have been ousted by ambition. Those same photographs that left viewers in awe, now send people to their computers to research how they might get to live the experience, rather than idly admiring its two-dimensional representation. Our social media news feeds are practically (and sometimes literally) advertisements for that place we haven’t visited yet; photographs on the walls at work are paired with “inspirational” phrases, though all we see is a place we’d rather be, and our computer desktops are loaded with imagery that inspires us to travel, and reminds us of places we’ve been.
But for artists, we still must find a way to express the feelings and sensations of experiencing a long dreamed of travel destination, and how to share it with our audience. Much like Impressionism, which somewhat shunned accurate depiction, these abstracts are intended to capture the essence and feeling of life’s experiences through a more ethereal and imaginative viewing approach. Each image is accompanied by a poem to help guide the viewer’s imagination, while the images themselves are to be stared at deeply, until they come to life. Coupled with poetic descriptions, the imagery transports the viewer to another place in our world, buon viaggio.
*Please take at least thirty seconds to view each photograph. And to enhance the experience, listening to classical music while observing the imagery is highly recommended.
**Some of the images used are from Nice, France. They are included as Nice was once a part of Italy, and still enjoys a strong influence from Italian culture today.