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© Aaron Mythen
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I love this picture so much I took it about five yrs ago, (inside the colosseum), on my first ever trip to Italy... The girl pictured is Laura an ex-girlfriend who I dated briefly in Dublin and who I fell madly in love with. Desperate to keep the relationship going after she returned to Italy I came to visit her...Unfortunately my effort proved to be in vain, which given the distance involved was probably for the best. However I did gain a new love during my time in Rome and Pescara with her, a love of Italy and the Italian language, which remained with me long after I returned to Ireland. Now almost five years later I find myself living and working in Italy. A few months after I arrived here Laura came to visit me in Biella and we had a lovely time together as friends. It felt strange seeing her after so many years and to be perfectly honest it was difficult not to fall for her again!!! I like this shot for many reasons, firstly coz Laura is in it; I like the way she is standing; I like the way she seems engrossed with her mobile fone even though we are inside such an incredible historical monument; I like the fact that she has her suitcase with her, which seems a little bizarre or out of place and hints at a kind of tourism on the go or 'fly-by-nite' tourism but most of all I like it coz it reminds me of a time when I felt love in my life and of where it has led me, first the love of a woman, then the love of a language and finally the love of a country. Love really does work in unusual ways. Thank you Laura... Ti voglio bene :))

19 responses

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (2 May 2009):

    Great candid shot Aaron!! That suitcase looks heavy, I hope you gave her a hand. :-)

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (2 May 2009):

    Awwww......What a heartwarming and wonderful explanation of your lovely photo; I can see why it is so special to you. Congratulations on living and loving on so many levels!!

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (2 May 2009):

    Wonderful story and I love the photo in B&W!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (2 May 2009):

    Yes, the foot ready to walk, and suitcase and mobile in hand tells a story indeed. Says she's not there to stay, but just passing through. Thank you for sharing Aaron. Nice pic.


    JOE FAILK   gave props (2 May 2009):

    Great story and photo!

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (2 May 2009):

    I believe that the people you need in your life are presented when you need them. She was your guide to Italy because that is where you were going to need to be. It's so wonderful that you still feel a connection to her. I love reading the story. Beautiful photo.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (2 May 2009):

    A great photo Aaron and I like what you wrote about it. Love does take on many different forms.

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio   gave props (3 May 2009):

    great shot!!!!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (3 May 2009):

    Rock on Laura.

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (3 May 2009):

    Lovely shot aaron, I in turn love the way you are engrossed in laura when you are in ane incredible historical building haha, a well it just goes to show "every cloud has a silver lining" if we are open to it...

  • Ledge95

    Ledge95 gave props (3 May 2009):

    Been here with my brother, cool shot..

  • Martin E. Morris

    Martin E. Morris (Deleted) gave props (3 May 2009):

    Impressive image and story.You are very privileged to have so many loves!!!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (4 May 2009):

    What a heartwarming story, Aaron, and a winning photograph. Even without your wonderful description, this shot tells a story, which in my book makes it extra special.

  • Jüri Vissak

    Jüri Vissak gave props (5 May 2009):

    Beutiful composition and story!

  • Melissa Harding

    Melissa Harding gave props (10 May 2009):

    Well captured

  • molly .

    molly . gave props (10 May 2009):

    great shot and backstory... a well-deserved hot photo : )

  • Aaron Mythen

    Aaron Mythen gave props (13 May 2009):

    Thx everyone for your comments :)))

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (16 May 2009):

    Your story is very interesting...Laura is beautiful and definitely a great influence on your life. Love the picture!

  • Steven Maguire

    Steven Maguire gave props (10 Jun 2009):

    An astonishing capture!!! Great B&W image!!!

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