A Visit to JPGers Antonio Lowison & Massimo Bardelli in Padova, Italy
30 Nov 2011
What an amazing surprise to be welcomed open armed and treated like family by our JPG friends Antonio Lowison and Massimo Bardelli and their wives.
We arrived in the hotel in Padova and found out that we could use the internet in the lobby so I took our computer downstairs and sent an e mail to Antonio Lowison and Massimo Bardelli advising them that we had arrived and then continued looking at the rest of my e mails. Gerry came down within 5 minutes and told me that Antonio and his wife, Adriana, would be arriving in 5 minutes. I rushed upstairs to change so I could look half decent. We had a drink with them in the hotel and then they went to visit his elderly mother and invited us for dinner in their home, telling us that Antonio would pick us up. Adriana made us the most amazing Italian meal about 4 courses and managed a vegetarian meal on the spot. Then we had the pleasure of being introduced to Antonio's work, he is a sculptor, painter and photographer and his work is breathtaking, it was an honor and pleasure to be able to have his undivided attention. He spent the maximum time explaining his work, style, beliefs, ethics and the materials he uses. We spent hours enjoying his work and getting to understand his feelings about it. I had mentioned to Antonio that we wanted to visit Venice and he told us that they would take us there the next day. I learned a great deal about photography and the way one approaches it through spending time with Antonio, we took photos of architecture, candids of people, the shops, art, and just Venice itself, it was a huge educational time for an amateur and I am entirely grateful.
Then we spent time with Massimo and his wife Daniela, they have the most beautiful home and artworks. Massimo has been a photographer for 20 years and he spent a great deal of time showing Gerry and I many of his photos, such a special experience and explaining his processes. Both Massimo and Daniela took us (me) around Padova and introduced us to the history and also to some of their friends. Massimo also showed me where he gets his photos done and the different methods he uses to reproduce them which was most interesting. Massimo showed me some of his very large pieces as well very intriguing. It was an honor to be given so much time by such a talented artist. Massimo spent a great deal of time photographing with me and giving me some very useful hints as to better my photography how lucky can one be, with someone so willing to help? Massimo and I have collaborated a great deal with our photos and enjoyed it immensely and to my utter surprise he gave me the most wonderful present of a plexiglas photo of one of our collaborations, plus an amazing black and white photo of his that I have always loved. Thank you dear Massimo!
I feel that both these men are such good friends that they will not mind me using some funny photos to illustrate and substantiate what an incredible friendship and understanding we have.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart Antonio, Adriana, Massimo and Daniela you made our visit to Padova the best it could ever be!