Photo Essay

Then and Now

Foro Romano

While playing around with three photo editing programs, I discovered a way to show more of what I felt while capturing certain Italian scenes: a deep connection to the past, as well as to the sensual present. I think of some of the results as a blend of vintage and new postcards, ones either kept and tucked away in a keepsake box or sent to a beloved family member or friend. Others I imagine as paintings speaking of distant ages with bits of the present magically worked in.

About a week before I left the old Italian farm house my husband and I lived in, an American woman friend we met in the Italian village of Spoleto, stayed with us for a couple of days. She's a talented artist with a strong background in marketing. When she spotted the vintage-like photos in my office, she got excited. We're now working on ways to market those images and many more. Perhaps nothing will come of it other than a strengthening of our friendship, but then again what started out as just a time of creative play could end up a viable business.

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11 responses

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (10 Apr 2012):

    really nice!!! vote friend.....

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (11 Apr 2012):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (11 Apr 2012):

    This is a great story! voted. Very beautifully done!

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (11 Apr 2012):


  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (12 Apr 2012):

    A fantastic essay! Prayers for the success of your new business. I love the unique style you have developed. These are exquisitly beautiful. voted.

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (12 Apr 2012):

    Definitely voted. Very interestng story and quite a unique concept!

  • Kim Bullock

    Kim Bullock gave props (12 Apr 2012):

    Fantastic photos! I voted!

  • Fred Downes

    Fred Downes said (14 Apr 2012):

    Great photos and story!

  • Erin Golsen

    Erin Golsen said (14 Apr 2012):

    Beautiful! So atmospheric.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (18 Apr 2012):

    congratulations and good luck, Deb! This photo essay if fabulous!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (21 Apr 2012):

    Your work is beautiful, Deborah and I wish you lots of success on your venture...You have my vote!

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