Capture the day, faces and texture.

Florence originated as a Roman city, and later, after a period as a flourishing trading and banking medieval commune.   It was politically, economically, and culturally one of the most important cities in Europe and the world from the 14th century to the 16th century.
 The language spoken in the city there during the 14th century was, and still is, accepted as the italian language. Almost all the writers and poets in Italian literature of the golden age are in some way connected with Florence, leading ultimately to the adoption of the Florentine dialect, above all the local dialects, as a literary language of choice.
The fist place we visited today was Santa Maria Novella.. On a commission from  a local textile merchant, Leone Battista Alberti designed the upper part of the inlaid black and white marble facade of the church (1456–1470).
I loved the black and white facade and the decoration of stripes on the Nave,  it gave me the idea to capture the textures in the buildings I saw today.
I decided to use my 600 lens and it worked wonderfully. I have captured images that are almost impossible to see with the naked eye. When you look closely, the emotion and passion is fascinating.
Many of the images below are situated in  the Duomo, Santa Maria del Fiore.


I’m not too sure I’m in love with Florence. I think that Venice appealed to my sense of  curiosity and wonderment. and then again the medieval villages in the country in Abruzzo were sensational too..
Florence is a big city and an icon to the culture awakening of the 15th century. I am passionate about art, but I think I’m suffering sensory overload after days  and days of viewing. I know I will appreciate it more when I get home and can view the more detail.  I love the photos I’ve taken of the faces and I can’t wait to experiment with the textures.



don’t you just love this design, 13th century…. red and white stripes with balls!!!

Today Keith and I plan to visit the flea market, the food market and the antique textile market and leave the icons and statues to rest in peace and visit with other tourists.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Kerin Galbally says:

    Now, I can see some face work to be done by you….. Love those!

    1. Pamela K Holland says:

      Hi Kerin, now you understand what I will do with them. !!!

  2. Karin says:

    thank you Pam, wonderful..

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