In 1898 Luigi Mezzano and his wife Angela left the pretty village of Pieve Ligure with their 4 children for Peru. At that time life was very difficult in Italy, and particularly in this region a large proportion of the young people left mainly for Chile, Peru or Argentina. At that time South America was the land of opportunity which would afford people opportunities that they didnt have at home.
Today Pieve Ligure is a wealthy suburb 11 KM east of Genoa, and thousands of the descendants from these emmigrants are doing the return trip to Europe armed with the European passport they claimed to their blood ties.
Luigi Mezzano's son Domingo was born In Peru in 1900, and now I am living in France with an Italian Passport I got for being his grandson.
Ironic isnt it?
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mouzakof (396) 2005-04-02 13:59
nice comment ......and very nice comp......
steveegg (418) 2005-04-21 8:33
This is a lovely, typical view of a mediterranean village by the sea Daniel, brought alive by your fascinating note (and the one with your ping-pong picture).
The composition is good with a great sense of depth and a nice balance between the land, sea and sky. The light is a bit flat though with the side of the buildings facing the camera being in shadow. The chimney in the foreground is important in creating the sense of depth, but is not terribly attractive.
Nonetheless, the irony and perhaps pathos of your family story makes this shot very interesting.
Paul57 (2217) 2005-06-04 20:11
Beautiful picture, Daniel. I also found your article very helpful.
By the way, I really enjoyed my trip to Peru. If you have any pictures to share, don't hesitate.
huynt (5079) 2005-09-20 7:26
Nice view. Well composition. A good angle shot. Thank