Turning Points in Calcata
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Recently Fred and I made a return visit to Calcata, about 35 km north of Rome. This medieval village sits atop a volcanic rock promontory that’s surrounded by the forest of Treja Valley Suburban Park. Once a condemned village, it was saved by most of its present occupants, a group of artists and bohemians from around the world, which accounts for the variety of galleries, studios, and restaurants within this fascinating hamlet. Picture colorful splashes of the 60’s amongst weathered tones and textures of the Middle Ages. This unique look not only attracts tourists, but artists of all kinds. Many of the 70 occupants of Calcata believe the village emits creative energy, their town once the scared ritual site of the Faliscans (pre-Roman people).
I captured this shot within the piazza beside the only church in the village. A local artist sculpted the stone chairs that represent Etruscan thrones. I chose this shot for this theme for several reasons, including how the young woman in the middle reminds me of those times at a crossroad making a decision resulting in a major turning point in my life and how this village inspired me.During my first visit to Calcata I first believed one day I’d see some of my photos published with an article I wrote. Happy to say that recently happened. On-line Literary Traveler Magazine published my article Sun & Moon in Montepulciano, Under the Tuscan Sun & New Moon Film Locations, along with four photos I took in that beautiful Tuscan village. The link to that article is posted on my facebook profile page under Deborah Johnson Downes or you can just go to literarytraveler.com, where the piece is posted on the homepage.
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