Photographer's Note

Gert Holmertz made an interesting observation about one of my recent shots Here remarking The colours are fantastic, especially on a day like that. It's strange though, that as far as I can recall I have never seen any photos from inside the maze of narrow lanes I suppose are found inside the village. Is the magic lost in the backyards of reality? I remember the "Manhattan of the desert" in Yemen that looks fantastic from a distance but is nothing special once inside.

It’s true; far fewer shots are shown of the ‘backyards’ of the Cinque Terre villages. I won’t say that they don’t have charm but their visual impact is less apparent than the classic postcard shots that are so popular. One of the difficulties lies in the light I think. Walking in the back alleys is like walking in a man-made canyon; narrow deeply shadowed passages with steep flights of steps, and twists and turns prove challenging photographically speaking (and if you are carrying heavy suitcases!)

This shot was taken in Vernazza. A few steps away from the place we stayed there was some renovation work going on in one of the old houses. We saw this man each day ferrying building rubble and buckets of sand and cement back and forth and up and down the steps. His ‘wheelbarrow’ was so unusual…. It was mechanised and had caterpillar tracks in order that it could get up the steep narrow steps. So Gert, this one is for you, not the greatest quality but it will help you visualise those ‘backyards’.

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