Shine and glory of the past, on a rainy day...
Sawn on the Via Tribunali.
Extract from Naples-history
“Naples is the main city in the south of Italy, the capital of its home region of Campania, and the third biggest town in Italy. It’s an overcrowded and sprawling metropolis holding around a million souls, with a further two million Neopolitans populating the suburbs. It’s a major seaport, with shipyards, and thriving industries including iron and steel, petroleum, and porcelain … Naples combines great riches with some grinding poverty.
Yet the bald statistics don’t start to describe this extraordinary, chaotic, exciting and resolutely southern city - Naples isn’t like the rest of Italy.
Of course Italy is a country of regions, of former city states and fierce local loyalties and rivalries. Modern Italy broadly divides itself into north and south (the Mezzogiorno) with Naples sitting proudly as the Mezzogiorno’s capital. Staunchly Catholic, Naples is rich in historical, artistic and cultural traditions and with its own distinct cuisine. The pizza originated here and is eaten, like so many other delicious local foods, out on the street.
In fact the street is where Naples happens. Life is lived here in all its chaotic glory. It’s bustling, noisy and rather dirty; there is sometimes shocking poverty on display, and it pays to keep your wallet in an inside pocket. Cars and scooters weave frantically around each other and the baffling road system - we’d suggest you leave the car at home and walk. Meanwhile, Neapolitan is a language in its own right and you’ll hear the harsh dialect bellowed at volume. And this adds up to? One of the most exciting places you’ll ever visit. It also has some beautiful architecture, a thriving port area, and frequent ferries out to the lovely islands of Capri and Ischia; and the ancient world lies just out of town in the shape of Pompeii, Herculaneum and their ruins.”
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faubry (35447) 2005-03-02 13:00
j'aime beaucoup les couleurs douces de cette image, et on se sent bien devant cette maison, tranquillité
Rinie_Hoff (9340) 2005-03-05 3:05
Hi Janos, I had seen this one come by last week, and I was certainly charmed by it. Going through your gallery, I see you like to take pictures of things that are already a bit in decay. I like that too, a feel of past glory.
The windows are a bit too centered, but I understand your crop, leaving the little balconies in on the right, is a good decision.
I feel tempted to download the picture and saturate the colors a bit, but I guess this is what you saw, and this is probably the way it is.
oochappan (15638) 2005-03-05 10:35
I was reading here the discussion and I must say you really achieved your target, the message of your dissapointment is clear and techniques stays in function of it, even the centered position of the windows, I like this this renewed way of photographie where techniques stays in funtion of and not the other way around.
Besides your target, the colors are great here, very fine pastel !
pamastro (7290) 2005-03-13 12:37
I like that description of Naples that they have written. It is true. And probably why that city is one of my favorite in Italy. There is so much hustle and bustle and chaos. It's always exciting. And there are such shocking contrasts as they say with these quiet corners like this, or so they seem anyway when seen in this way. I love these old facades with their peeling and fading paint. The mix of reds here is great, from a bolder area to the faded pink. And how you have filled up the shot with the facade and included the balconies on the right offers a bit of a grand scale to this fading wall.
I can understand the way you were surprised when you went there. I suppose it is based on where you have been. Growing up to one of the most decayed great cities in the world, Detroit, makes me see very few places as more worn down. But yet Naples retains a vibrant spirit that a place like Detroit, or the other abandoned industrial cities of the U.S., have lost.
HOBO (5282) 2005-08-13 12:09
The foto tells itself a story, Janos. Better times - hard times - live has put the stamp on...
A fascinating study of time in fine, soft colors.