Trapped in Volterra

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© Deborah Downes
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I captured this at Piazza Dei Priori, Volterra’s main square and one featured in New Moon, the second book of the popular Twilight series. This fascinating Tuscan hill town is known for its numerous Etruscan remains and artifacts, architecture, rich history, and alabaster. Most recently it gained fame as one of the locations in New Moon. In the books Volterra is home to the Volturi, an ancient and royal-like vampire family and where Bella Swan, a clumsy American teenager with latent talents, rushes to the clock tower to stop Edward Cullen, gorgeous vampire and love of her life, from forcing the Volturi to destroy him.
I didn’t do any post processing on this photo. I took an angle shot of a New Moon poster featured in the front window of Volterra’s information center. The natural lighting worked for me, creating a ghostly image of Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) against a reflection of part of the piazza. The barricades were set up for that day’s flag throwing demonstrations. The spirit-like image and the bars made me think of these two young lovers trapped in Volterra.

23 responses

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (13 Aug 2010):

    Thanks so much for the spotlight, Brenda.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (13 Aug 2010):


  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (13 Aug 2010):

    Very impressive image, Deb!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (13 Aug 2010):

    Incredible! I thought for sure you were doing some work in Photoshop!! This is an amazing capture!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (13 Aug 2010):

    Excellent image and entrance for the theme Deborah. Also a very beautiful image.

  • Ronnie Ginnever

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    JOE FAILK gave props (13 Aug 2010):

    Perfect Creative entry!

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (13 Aug 2010):

    omg! brilliant shot! (psss, just between you and me, how much Stephenie Meyer pay you? )

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (13 Aug 2010):

    Oh Wow....forever trapped in glass. Deb. this is a magnificient capture. Well done.

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (14 Aug 2010):

    OMG.....I have died and gone to heaven ~ !!! Brilliant image

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (14 Aug 2010):


  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (15 Aug 2010):

    A most excellent entry.

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (15 Aug 2010):

    Wow! Terrific image!!!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (16 Aug 2010):

    This is very impressive...I love the ghostly images...Very well done!

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (17 Aug 2010):

    Wow, Deborah, this is so amazing!! At first sight, I figured you had used Photoshop to create this...but then to read that this is actually a reflection from a poster...WOW!!!! Really fantastic work, Deborah!!! (And I also happen to be reading all these books right now!!!!)

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (17 Aug 2010):

    Great Job Deborah!

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (18 Aug 2010):

    Nicely done Deborah! The layering is just perfect.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (18 Aug 2010):

    WOW,,this is fabulous Deborah

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (19 Aug 2010):

    So expertly done, Deb!! This is truly stunning.

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (19 Aug 2010):

    how did i miss this amazing image - love!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (22 Aug 2010):

    Wow, this is an awesome photo Deborah!!!!

  • Gail Parker

    Gail Parker gave props (24 Aug 2010):

    coolio indeed

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (26 Aug 2010):

    This is so wonderful!!!

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