Old Face; New Face

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© Deborah Downes
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UploadedJune 24, 2009
TakenApril 14, 2008
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D40X
Exposure1/160 sec at f/6.3
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length18 mm
ISO100
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Within the main square of Calcata, an enchanting Italian medieval village atop a volcanic stump surrounded by dense forest. The Etruscan-style tufo thrones were done by Costantino Morosin, one of the 100 occupants of this town that's unlike any other in Italy in that all who live there are artists, bohemians, and aging hippies from around the world. They saved the town by squatting there in the 1960s and eventually buying the homes from the owners who'd left, because in 1930 the Italian government declared the town unsafe, saying the cliffs it sits upon were crumbling. Eventually the new artsy inhabitants convinced the government their earlier assessment was wrong.

In the Calcata photo essay.

6 responses

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (24 Jun 2009):

    Neat, love the differences. Very nice. dp

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (24 Jun 2009):

    I love your different POV and am so glad the city was saved. Great shot.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (24 Jun 2009):

    Interesting history of the city...love the thrones in front.

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (24 Jun 2009):

    So surreal, yet not.....!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (25 Jun 2009):

    They have tried, I think, to recreate the same architecture facade as in the other building. Doesn't quite come off, does it. You've captured a great juxtaposition. Old and the new.

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (5 Jul 2009):

    Wonderful capture of the old and new!

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