A room with a canal

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So, I am back home after a very different trip. The first trip to Livorno that wasn’t about photography. Nor vacation.  It was about getting a little place of my own. An exciting and exhausting process that will hopefully lead to good things in the future.

 

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These were the first two items to move in while the flat was still being painted, you might recognise the photo from the exhibition of mobile photos, Uno sguardo dentro la città.

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The Venezia quarters, close to the harbour in the old city centre and crisscrossed by canals, is now a place I can call home. How amazing is that?

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Pink tower

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This pink house was Teaser number 13. What’s special about it is not that it’s pink, but that it is the only merchant’s house complete with tower that survived the bombings of WWII.

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In the 1700’s many of the merchants included a watchtower in their houses. From up there  they would keep track of when their ships sailed into the harbour with their precious cargo.

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This tower in Via Scali delle Cantine has overlooked two fortresses and the Venezia area for three centuries. The things it must have seen…

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A chosen photo

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Apologies for my recent silence, so much is going on and I want to tell you all about it! But one thing at a time.

The first good news is this exhibition/competition I entered. Uno sguardo dentro la città (A look inside the city), an exhibition with all mobile shots from Livorno. Each participant could send in up to five photos, one of them was chosen for the exhibition and of those exhibited five were chosen winners.

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My photo was chosen a winner! Me, an outsider and even a foreigner! You can imagine my overwhelming joy!

Last night was the awards. My friend Sarah was one of the “prominent persons” invited to give the awards. (She promises she wasn’t in the jury as well! ;-) ) Another friend, Marino who is the kind man of the water company, who showed me the Cisternone, the Cisternino and the Sorgenti di Colognole, was able to represent me and receive my prize. A framed blow up of my photo. It will look good in a very special place, that I will you about later!

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sguardoBefore the awards

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Here you can see all the entries for the competition and here are the five winners.

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