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© Deborah Downes
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Photo Info
UploadedAugust 27, 2010
TakenNovember 5, 2008
MakeNikon Corporation
Exposure1/60 sec at f/5.6
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length55 mm

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During the first time I explored Siena’s Piazza Duomo, I captured this image before falling in love with the beauty and majesty of that Tuscan town’s cathedral. The square was packed with locals as well tourists, but this woman seemed unaware of them. How she appeared caught up in her book and almost childlike reminded me of all the times as a child I devoured Nancy Drew books no matter how much activity went on around me.

In the Italian Lessons photo essay.

67 responses

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (26 Aug 2010):

    this is excellent capture, Deborah! Love how she entwined her legs. Awesome image!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (27 Aug 2010):

    lovely capture

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (27 Aug 2010):

    I love it!! (Reminds me of my wife...NEVER without a book)

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (27 Aug 2010):

    This is positively delightful!! I can just see her feet swinging as she reads her story.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (27 Aug 2010):

    Absolutely perfect!

  • Woj

    Woj (Deleted) gave props (27 Aug 2010):

    very cool street shot, nice

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (27 Aug 2010):

    Siena is a family favorite, and this is an excellent entry in this category.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (27 Aug 2010):

    Even the way she is sitting with her legs out is childlike. Excellent capture Deborah!

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (28 Aug 2010):

    Really cool composition

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (28 Aug 2010):

    :) love picture like this, life is good huh?

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (28 Aug 2010):

    this is an instant fave,,and such a great entry Deborah

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (28 Aug 2010):

    Great B/W and entry!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (29 Aug 2010):

    E X Q U I S I T E n t r y !

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (29 Aug 2010):

    I love this portrait ...It is refreshing to see an elderly person thoroughly enjoying a book and so involved in the story. I love the way she is crossing her feet ..the umbrella on one side and her purse on the other side...I also was a Nancy Drew lover of books when I was a child and could hardly wait for the next mystery.

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (30 Aug 2010):

    excellent entry, Deborah

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (30 Aug 2010):

    The slightly off kilter framing matches the playful position of the feet

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (31 Aug 2010):

    And you managed to lose the crowd and give this a lovely peaceful, quiet thetextures and contrasts, that grill is wonderful..

  • Lisa Toleno

    Lisa Toleno (Deleted) gave props (31 Aug 2010):

    so cute lovely shot

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (1 Sep 2010):

    just fantastic!

  • Kim Bullock

    Kim Bullock gave props (2 Sep 2010):

    Great photo. Childlike delight never ends!

  • Nicolette de Joncaire

    Nicolette de Joncaire   gave props (2 Sep 2010):

    Delightful lady lost in her book with her feet in the air like a little girl. Great mood

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (4 Sep 2010):

    Just a delightful image -- so true that she embodies a childlike posture and absorption in her book. What a great entry.

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (6 Sep 2010):

    how did i miss this superb shot - love!

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (17 Sep 2010):

    This is just fabulous!!

  • Thomas H.P. Jerusalem (Jerry)

    Thomas H.P. Jerusalem (Jerry) gave props (21 Jan 2011):

    cute - nice bw

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (27 Jan 2011):

    Back to vote!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (27 Jan 2011):

    back to vote,,this is excellent

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (27 Jan 2011):

    This is so great. I bet she never knew you were there. The entire world goes away with a good book and I loved Nancy Drew too.

  • Mary Ann Reilly

    Mary Ann Reilly gave props (27 Jan 2011):

    magnifiecent. my vote:)

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (27 Jan 2011):

    I came back to vote.

  • Elyseo

    Elyseo gave props (27 Jan 2011):

    my vote!!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (28 Jan 2011):

    Excellent candid capture! I love the way you have related it to the theme. Wonderful entry. voted.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (28 Jan 2011):

    I am back to vote for this delightful entry.

  • Gary Benefield

    Gary Benefield gave props (29 Jan 2011):

    really like how her feet are crossed, and the feeling it projects...

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (30 Jan 2011):

    Great example of a simple life (the best), and engaging in imagination...more people shoule read books...what great use of b&w...Voted

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (30 Jan 2011):

    back to vote! Fantastic work

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (31 Jan 2011):

    Superb entry.....does remind me of childhood reading....when no matter how many times you were called to do chores, you just had to finish the next chapter.

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (31 Jan 2011):

    Back to VOTE!

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott (Deleted) gave props (31 Jan 2011):

    My vote!!!

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (1 Feb 2011):

    back to vote on this spectacular b&w --it's one of my favourite jpg images, period. It's iconic.

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (1 Feb 2011):


  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt   gave props (2 Feb 2011):

    Very lovely!

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman gave props (5 Feb 2011):

    Perfect in B&W and love the offset composition... "YES"

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (5 Feb 2011):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) gave props (8 Feb 2011):

    Great entry for the theme! Voted!


    JOE FAILK gave props (12 Feb 2011):

    Back to Vote!

  • Michaela K.

    Michaela K. gave props (13 Feb 2011):

    wonderful, my vote!

  • Penny Nannini

    Penny Nannini   gave props (16 Feb 2011):

    wonderful series, wonderful story!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (17 Feb 2011):

    back to vote!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (18 Feb 2011):


  • Camil Seisanu

    Camil Seisanu gave props (22 Feb 2011):

    wonderful shot, awesome idea for the theme ! :) V++

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (23 Feb 2011):

    BTV one of my favs, a lot to love about this one...

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (23 Feb 2011):

    YEAH! voted!

  • jan-louise haller

    jan-louise haller gave props (23 Feb 2011):

    Beautiful ! My vote !

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (26 Feb 2011):

    Wonderful capture! Voted!

  • jaume morera guixa

    jaume morera guixa gave props (9 Mar 2011):

    Excellent... My vote

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (10 Mar 2011):

    What a stunning capture Deborah! She is so absorbed in that book, still learning or reading a novel at her tender age. Great entry - Voted!

  • Tridibesh Sanyal

    Tridibesh Sanyal said (13 Mar 2011):


  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (14 Mar 2011):

    Excellent - voted!

  • Blisco_O

    Blisco_O said (15 Mar 2011):

    voted, awesome composition.

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (15 Mar 2011):


  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (15 Mar 2011):

    Happy and lovely - great capture Deborah!

  • Zerina Phillip

    Zerina Phillip gave props (21 Mar 2011):

    This is hot!! Got my vote.

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (3 Apr 2011):

    Perfect portrait. Voted

  • Mykola Swarnyk

    Mykola Swarnyk gave props (18 Apr 2011):

    Fantastic! Candid shot!

  • James Baldocchi

    James Baldocchi gave props (25 May 2011):

    Molto Bene. Nice capture

  • MindTheStep

    MindTheStep gave props (27 Oct 2011):

    Wonderful shot, indeed!

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