Window-shopping in Italy
23 Sep 2008
Window-shopping is among my favorite pastimes in Italy. Not to say I'm immune to the desire to buy some of what I see in shop windows along streets loaded with history and sensual pleasures. But usually when I zero in on such objects, either it holds a price tag beyond my means or the shop selling it is closed.
I've discovered the next best thing to purchasing a coveted item in a shop window, is a picture of the window display it's in. But that's only partly why I'm now hooked on taking pictures of store front windows in Italian cities and villages. I'm also attracted to what window displays can reveal of shop owners and the place their stores are within. Plus historical, fascinating, and beautiful reflections in store front windows continually make me point and shoot. I'm especially drawn to layered reflective images suggesting differing time periods and ones that stir up special memories. And, as a storyteller, I'm seduced by wares and works of art in store front windows that later trigger a story idea, or feed a tale I'm working on or one I plan to write in the future.