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November 21, 2012 / Aware of the Void

The One Where I Embrace Modernity

Duomo-true at first light
Despite the blog based evidence to the contrary I have been prolific in my artistic and creative endeavors of late. I have been shooting and printing like a mad man but maybe not documenting my efforts in a way that is useful for someone struggling to write a blog with some form of regularity. Coincidentally I received a happy anniversary mail from WordPress today informing me that I been blogging for one whole year.

Someone pointed out to me that I have a lot of film based blog posts and they found it surprising because they had seen my digital photography and were disappointed that I have not posted more digital work on the blog. I generally don’t make a distinction between my film and digital photography and I had not realized that I was writing a film photography blog or more interestingly that anyone would care. Tonight I redress that.

I dipped into the archives and looked to see when I last used my digital camera as my primary means of recording my activities and I found to my amazement that when I was in Florence I took over 1000 photos – every one a keeper…..

Here are some of my favorites and if you make it to the bottom I have used the occasion of  my blogiversary to upload my first video.

Ponte Vechio-Dusk

The view from Giardino Bardini-Florence

To Arno's myrtle border


Over the Arno River

Before we made the trip to Florence I had read a fair bit about the history and architecture of the city but I was not prepared for the size, beauty and magnetism of the of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore -The DUOMO.

It seems to be around every corner, at the end of every street, in every view.

Anywhere I pointed my camera it was there looming and taunting me. I took so many photos of it, at dawn, at dusk, with people, without people in the baking heat, in the pouring rain that I feel that if I did not do something to exorcise this monument it would haunt me for the rest of my life, hence my video “Hyper Duomo”


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  1. Moni / Nov 21 2012 10:45 pm

    Happy blogiversary! Excellent shots. Florence has been on my list of Places I Must Visit for forever.

  2. ehpem / Nov 22 2012 4:19 am

    Congratulations on an excellent first year! Florence is fabulous and you have captured some of that here – 1000 shots could not possibly get it all.
    I love that sunset (or sunrise?) picture of the Ponte Vecchio – that is as good a picture of that bridge as anyone is going to find anywhere – the moon is a nice extra touch, though hardly necessary 🙂

    • Aware of the Void / Nov 22 2012 12:14 pm

      Thanks Ehpem, judging by the number of people standing on the bridge this is a sunset. I have some at dawn when the streets were empty and it adds a little something extra.

  3. missmadaboutravel / Nov 22 2012 10:42 am

    Happy blogverisary!!! Your photos are always an inspiration 😉

  4. ThisHandcraftedLife / Nov 22 2012 2:30 pm

    Oh, Florence, we love you so. Your Hyper Duomo rocks.

    • Aware of the Void / Nov 22 2012 3:58 pm

      I have never wanted to revisit a city so much in my life. The buildings, the art, the wonderful!
      So much to do and see.

  5. simon0252 / Nov 22 2012 7:49 pm

    Florence is such a magnificent location. Wonderful series of images.

  6. drawandshoot / Nov 23 2012 4:40 am


  7. steviegill / Nov 23 2012 9:44 am

    Great shots.

  8. jusstdesserts / Nov 26 2012 3:33 pm

    The first photo just blew my mind. Woah, now I’m super hyped about my trip next March. Like a teenage girl. Can’t wait!!!

  9. gnomekeeper / Nov 27 2012 9:24 am

    Some seriously beautiful shots dude

  10. David A Lockwood / Feb 16 2013 4:02 pm

    Great series – I can see why you enjoyed the place.


    • Aware of the Void / Feb 16 2013 4:50 pm

      Thanks David, I am looking forward to a return trip next year.

  11. (D)OCULAR / Feb 4 2014 10:57 pm

    you have been an early bird to capture this pictures, When I went to florence (Firenze) it was over crowded..

    nice captures.

    • Aware of the Void / Feb 4 2014 11:00 pm

      Whenever I travel I try and make an effort to see the place at sunrise. I have 4 days in Florence and managed to see it before and after the tour buses passed everyday.
      Thanks for visiting – glad you liked the pictures.

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