For my second trip this summer I spent a week with my uncle on his sailboat. The picture above was taken at the Island of Giannutri. What some of you (actually all of you) don’t know is that, among Aviation and Photography, Sailing is another one of my passions. For three years now, I spent a week each summer with my uncle sailing. During this trip we visited the islands of Giannutri and Giglio, as well as Mount Argerntario. We manily sailed around Northern Tyrrenian Sea. The trip started with a 5 hour train ride from Milan to Talamone. The actually city of Talamone (if you can call it a city) is actually a 50 minute walk from the train station. Although the path to town was scenecly amazing with tons of interesting things to photograph, walking for almost an hour with a 25lbs backpack on your shoulders isn’t the best experience. Nonetheless we all did it (me, my uncle, and two of his friends) as you can see in the picture below.
On this brown dirt path (yellow brick road?) to the Harbour of Talamone I had lots of time to stop and photograph the amazing scenery. One thing that I really enjoyed about this trip was the exposure to a whole new array of subjects (boats, seashells, fish, birds etc.), most of which I’ve never had the chance to capture. Anyways the picture below is of three of the hundreds of boats on the way to town. I don’t know if you can notice from the picture, but water stays shallow for 300 feet or so. Very fascinating.
Once we finally made it to the boat, we settled down and went to eat. Now Talamone doesn’t really offer much choice for restaurants, only four to be exact. During the one week span in which we were in and out of Talamone we treid all four. So if anyone is planning to take a trip there, you’ve come to the right place! We spent the night at the dock and left early in the morning. Before I continue you all should know that our boat, like many others, has a fishing rod on which you can change the friction, so that you can just leave it there and hope something cathes on while you sail around. This obviously isn’t the most productive way to fish, but definitely the most rewarding. After about 10 minutes of our departure from Talamone, a suicidal fish (captured below) caught on to our bait. That was the only fish we caught during the entire week…
After my uncle made a delicious tartare with our freshly caught fish, we headed to our first destination: the Island of Giannutri. We were all very excited to see what this island, that we had all heard much about, would look like. We were shocked to say the least. It was like a ghost town, no one was there. Every shop, bar, and hotel in town was closed down. The silence was freighting. On the island, near the town, there was an old run-way that was used during WWII. It was closed down and abandoned after a plane fell off one of the edges on a bad landing. Anyways I was very eager to visit this abandoned run-way, so we headed over there as soon as we could. It was a cemetery. The whole run-way was scattered with dead seaguls and rabbits. After further inspection of the island, it was all scattered with dead seaguls and rabbits! If anyone knows anything about it, I’d love to hear about it. The photo below is of my uncle coming to “rescue” us after we visited the run-way. I like this picture because diagonals formed in the water by the little boat.
Our next destination was the Island of Giglio. Contrary to Giannutri, Il Giglio had a lot of comotion. As you can see in the picture below, they have their hands full. Passing 50ft from a ship-wrecked cruise liner was by far the weirdest experience I’ve ever had. This picture wasn’t really thought for as far as composition or other technical aspects. Just content, powerful content.
That night we slept on the coast of the Island of Giglio, protected from the wind. We the sun went down the sky colored itself with a rainbow a beauty. Unfortunately I’m still trying to master colorful sunset photos, so this doesn’t really render what I saw and felt, but it’s as close as I could get. Nonetheless it has a very serene feeling to it, which I really love!
Finally we went back to Talamone, and so it was, my trip was over. Fortunately those last few hours in Talamone ended up being full photographic oppurtunities. Shortly after we came back, all the fishermen and their boats came home after a long day’s work. The nets, the fish, the rope, the sweat, the activity! So much happening. I chose this shot because it’s a simple concept, transformed into an intriguing result.
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