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Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy, Ligurian coast, Ligurian Riviera, Italian Riviera, Ligurian Sea, Mediterranean, UNESCO, World Heritage, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Corniglia, Cinque Terre (2/5)

Part 2 of 5 in the Cinque Terre: Corniglia.

For an entire day, I traveled up and down Italy’s Ligurian Riviera on foot, and by train to explore the famous Cinque Terre region: Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore, and Monterosso al Mare. UNESCO inscribed the Cinque Terre as World Heritage Site in 1997.

Corniglia is a small quiet village perched on top of a small rocky promontory some 100 meters (330 feet) above sea level, which might look daunting at first glance after disembarking the train at the sea-level station. Any physical exertion on this hot early-summer day in the Mediterranean is worth it.

I made the photo above on 21 June 2008 with a Canon EOS450 and the following settings: 1/500-sec, f/4.5, ISO200, 28mm focal length (45mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-d9D.


Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy, Ligurian coast, Ligurian Riviera, Italian Riviera, Ligurian Sea, Mediterranean, UNESCO, World Heritage, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Vernazza, Cinque Terre (1/5)

Part 1 of 5 in Italy’s Cinque Terre: Vernazza.

For an entire day, I traveled up and down Italy’s Ligurian Riviera on foot, and by train to explore the famous Cinque Terre region: Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore, and Monterosso al Mare. UNESCO inscribed the Cinque Terre as World Heritage Site in 1997.

I made the photo above on 21 June 2008 with a Canon EOS450 and the following settings: 1/500-sec, f/3.5, ISO200, 18mm focal length (29mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-d9W.


Säntis, Imperia, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Konstanz, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Säntis, Imperia, Bodensee, Konstanz

On the final full day of (northern) summer, late-afternoon light gets the people of Konstanz out to the shores of Lake Constance. The promenade on Seestrasse on the north side of the city is filling up with people walking by or bicycling. A young couple is all up on the public display of affection, while an older couple holds hands and look out into the lake. I’ve set the picture facing south, and with the zoom lens, I’ve aligned in the foreground the Imperia statue in Konstanz harbour underneath the Säntis mountain in Switzerland in the background.

I made the picture in late-afternoon light on 21 September 2017 with the Canon 6D, 70-300 glass, and the following settings: 1/640-sec, f/14, ISO1000, and 300mm focal length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-bKV.

U Kasaren, Hradcany, Prag, Prague, Praha, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

Praha: a favourite place to return (WPC)

Above/featured: U Kasáren from Loretánská, Hradčany – 30 July 2016 (HL).

On a personal level, the impact of this city can’t be gauged, measured, or quantified. What I know is I’ve roamed this place over countless little cobblestones. The sum of all strides led me to jumping continents and traversing nations with steps as large as my imagination could entertain and overcome.

And so, after the twelfth, fifteenth, or twentieth visit (I’ve lost count), I look at these images and ask why I surrender to the pull, why I return, and why the Czech capital city feels familiar. It’s about the old and the new, a colourful combination replacing what I’ve lost and amplifying what I’ve gained.

Prague is one of my favourite places to return.

summer sunrise, sunrise, summer, Karluv most, Charles Bridge, Prag, Prague, Praha, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

Daybreak and a halo for St. John of Nepomuk, Charles Bridge (Karlův most) – 28 July 2013 (HL).

National Monument, Vítkov, Zizkov, Prag, Prague, Praha, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

Over the city to the west from the National Monument on Vítkov (Národní památník na Vítkově), Žižkov – 2 August 2013 (HL).

Muzeum, stanice metra, metro station, DPP, Prag, Prague, Praha, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

Metro line C commuters at Muzeum station, Vinohrady – 8 November 2016 (HL)

Ginger and Fred, Fred and Ginger, Dancing House, Tančící dům, Prag, Prague, Praha, Czech Republic, fotoeins.com

Dancing House (Tančící dům) with streaking northbound streetcar, Nové Město – 6 November 2016 (HL)

I wrote a “love letter” to Prague, which as many have discovered also includes “the night watch.”

I made all of the above images in 2013 and 2016. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-bCs.

The place where I died

With these pictures, I explore the perspective of witnessing a parent’s unstoppable decline to the end. While there are no pictures of my father in this set, I give voice to growing distress at his final journey as my gaze drifted externally to the hospital itself and immediate surroundings. Northern summers, specifically August, now mean something entirely different.

On 19 July 2014, Dad was taken to Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital after he had a minor fall down the stairs at home. No bones were broken, which was remarkable considering his worsening health in the final stages of cancer. He would never return to the house in which he and Mum had bought and lived since 1976.

Over the following days and weeks, I explore through a dozen pictures what it’s like to witness a parent’s unstoppable decline from a son’s perspective in orbit around a downward spiral. There are no pictures of Dad in this set; instead, I give voice to my growing internal distress by casting my lens externally, including the hospital itself and immediate surroundings.

By the 2nd week, he had been moved to the Palliative Care Unit (PCU) on the 10th floor. The wonderful hospital staff took great care of him and other patients in the unit. Dad charmed the PCU staff by chatting with them in broken English; it was his way of exerting some measure of control.

Into week 3, his mind and spirit had departed, and he had become completely unresponsive. Over the next five days, his body remained, breathing steady, though often shallow and laboured. He was calm and at peace, and thanks to the meds, with diminished pain. I was with Dad a part of every day for the following 21 days until his death on 9 August; he had celebrated his 82nd birthday only a few weeks earlier.

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