Leaving Villa Adriana
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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.
Also by Deborah Downes
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