Turning Points in Calcata

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© Deborah Downes
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UploadedMay 7, 2010
TakenApril 25, 2010
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Exposure1/400 sec at f/6.3
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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.

24 responses

  • ardi nuswantoro

    ardi nuswantoro (Deleted) gave props (6 May 2010):

    wow, nice shot

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (7 May 2010):

    wonderful entry.... and interesting narrative!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (7 May 2010):

    Excellent entry

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (7 May 2010):

    Congratulations Deborah....! p.s. I want to live there :)

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (7 May 2010):

    Great shot, Deb. Congratulations on the publication!!!!!!!!!!

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (7 May 2010):

    What great news! Congratulations on this major accomplishment! I am so proud for you!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (7 May 2010):

    A great entry! An awesome turning point. I have a feeling we will be ready more!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight (Deleted) gave props (7 May 2010):

    What a shot. Very nice, Deborah.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight (Deleted) said (7 May 2010):

    Forgot to add that I liked the narrative!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (7 May 2010):

    Such an interesting little corner of the village....thank you for sharing Deb. We all have moments like this. Congratulations on the publications...Wahoo!!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (7 May 2010):

    An enticing look into the village, thank you.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (7 May 2010):

    Wow! This sounds like it sits among one of the many vortexes of inspiration! cool.

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (8 May 2010):

    Love to visit this local someday, someday.... nice shot and entry.

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (8 May 2010):

    Congratulations on your published article!! Your photos and essays are certainly worthy of publication. This one is a great example.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (9 May 2010):

    wow! congratulations, Deb for being published. Love your Tuscan article...This theme entry is awesome. Love this image!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (10 May 2010):

    Wonderful photo for the theme. I enjoyed your narrative! Congrats on getting your article and photos published!!!

  • Fred Downes

    Fred Downes said (10 May 2010):

    For David, Get Michael a gig near Rome and we have the room for you guys. Calcata is 20 minutes from our door. Of course you need to throw in tickets for his performance!

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (10 May 2010):

    Congrats!!! and i really like this shot too!!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (10 May 2010):

    Congratulations Debra, well deserved!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (11 May 2010):

    A most excellent entry.

  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker (Deleted) gave props (11 May 2010):

    Great shot, great entry, with a great story to tie it all together. Superb!

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (14 May 2010):

    wonderful - great entry!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (23 May 2010):

    You know I love this..

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (23 May 2010):

    Awesome shot and entry! Love it in monochrome.

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