Leaving Villa Adriana

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© Deborah Downes
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UploadedApril 8, 2010
TakenFebruary 14, 2010
MakeNikon Corporation
Exposure1/80 sec at f/5.6
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length98 mm
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Many of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s astounding photographs capture every day happenings in different places around the world. They not only offer a strong sense of place, but the essence of a moment in time. I captured this shot of an Italian family within Villa Adriana, Imperial Rome’s most spectacular villa. This vast complex sits on a plain southeast of Tivoli, near Rome, and was the home of the Emperor Hadrain in the 2nd century. The cypress lined lane in this shot leads to the heart of this villa.

Among the things I love doing in Italy is watching the interactions within Italian families. Italians are highly demonstrative. Fathers are as much openly affectionate with their children as their mothers. Children are hugged, kissed, and deeply appreciated by extended family members and friends. I’ve noticed during family outings, Italian fathers often predominately care for their child/children while mothers enjoy a much needed break. In this photo the father happily carries his son while mother leisurely walks ahead of them.

In the Revealing Italian Threads photo essay.

29 responses

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (8 Apr 2010):

    Deborah, this is gorgeous. Outstanding entry!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (8 Apr 2010):

    A perfect entry for this theme. One could even imagine that this was a tree-lined lane in France.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (8 Apr 2010):

    It is a beautiful entry Deborah and Italy sounds like a wonderful place to be a child.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (8 Apr 2010):

    You make me want to visit Italy. A great capture and narration, Deb. This is very much HCB.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (8 Apr 2010):

    Perfect entry for the theme, Deborah! I love hearing about the Italian fathers!

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (8 Apr 2010):

    Excellent shot and entry! Love the composition and those trees!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (8 Apr 2010):

    Delightful Deborah.


    JOE FAILK gave props (8 Apr 2010):

    Perfect for the theme! Great shot!

  • Vasken Spiru

    Vasken Spiru gave props (9 Apr 2010):

    Beautiful tribute to H.C. Bresson! You can check my version: http://www.jpgmag.com/photos/2389620

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (9 Apr 2010):

    amazing tribute amazing entry and capture Deborah !!!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (10 Apr 2010):

    Deborah, I love this! The feeling of being there, in the moment, is what makes this so wonderful!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (11 Apr 2010):

    Wonderful entry and narrative Deborah..

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (11 Apr 2010):

    Gorgeous composition, Deborah!!!!

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (11 Apr 2010):

    A great entry, Deb! I love the timeless feeling of the activity and surroundings in this wonderful capture.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (11 Apr 2010):

    F A N T A S T I Q U E n t r y !

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (12 Apr 2010):

    Wonderful narrative and image which is very typical of pictures that Bresson shot...Great job.

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (12 Apr 2010):

    Wonderful shot! Well done.

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (13 Apr 2010):

    Great photo and theme entry! Well done!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (13 Apr 2010):

    magnificent photo/narrative and entry Deborah.......!!!

  • Mary Ann Reilly

    Mary Ann Reilly gave props (14 Apr 2010):

    love this one.

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (14 Apr 2010):

    such a beautiful image! BRAVO!!!!!!!!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (15 Apr 2010):

    Love this, feeling like I'm there in the moment walking right behind them..

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (15 Apr 2010):


  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (15 Apr 2010):

    Love the way the corridor of trees arch over them in a protective manner, much like how the father has his arms wrapped around his son, also in a protective way. Wonderful for the theme Deb. Well captured.

  • Jonathan Bratter

    Jonathan Bratter gave props (16 Apr 2010):

    fantastic entry

  • jan-louise haller

    jan-louise haller gave props (19 Apr 2010):

    AGREE ! All !

  • Dominique Thoral

    Dominique Thoral gave props (7 May 2010):


  • Tori Lindo

    Tori Lindo gave props (10 May 2010):

    Very cool!

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (26 Sep 2013):

    So beautiful!!

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