Reading in Siena-Siena, Italy by Deborah Downes

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During the first time I explored Siena’s Piazza Duomo, I captured this image before falling in love with the beauty and majesty of that Tuscan town’s cathedral. The square was packed with locals, as well as tourists, but this woman seemed unaware of them. How she appeared caught up in her book and almost childlike reminded me of all the times as a child I devoured Nancy Drew books no matter how much activity went on around me.

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My life as a global nomad (about 22 years) continues to influence my writing and photography. When I lived in Shanghai, I went through a sea change of sorts, resulting in a major shift in my writing (from fiction to memoir) and a great new love, photography. Currently my husband and I live in Garland, Texas, near our daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters.

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  • BabyM2
    BabyM2over 3 years ago

    I love getting lost in a book.. Great B&W capture ..

  • Me too. Thanks so much for your comment.

    – Deborah Downes

  • Mary Ann Reilly
    Mary Ann Reillyover 3 years ago

    classic image. Her feet up and the umbrella alongside make me smile. Bravo:)

  • Your response warms my heart. Thank you!

    – Deborah Downes

  • DryFlyPhoto
    DryFlyPhotoover 3 years ago

    Simply wonderful and the over-all ambiance of the photo in its entirety is grand!

  • So glad you like this image, Scott. It’s one I treasure.

    – Deborah Downes

  • JodieT
    JodieTover 3 years ago

    What a great image – her own bit of solitude. I love her feet sticking out – very childlike indeed. Great work.

  • Thanks, Jodie, and thank you for stopping by.

    – Deborah Downes

  • © Jolie  Buchanan
    © Jolie Buchananover 3 years ago

    2011 April 15
    Congratulations Deborah don’t forget you can also enter this challenge into The Best of Featured Black & White

  • What a wonderful way to start my day. Thanks so much, Jolie. And thank you for mentioning that challenge. Just entered.

    – Deborah Downes

  • Lozzar Landscape
    Lozzar Landscapeover 3 years ago

    She does look absorbed, well captured my friend!!

  • Thanks, Lorraine. I’ll always treasure this shot:)

    – Deborah Downes

  • Renee Blake
    Renee Blakeover 3 years ago

    This is wonderful on so many levels~ love the composition and the lovely candid moment between a woman and her book :)

  • So happy you like this image, Renee. It’s among my favorites.

    – Deborah Downes

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 3 years ago

    Your street photography is so interesting! Nothing like a good book to transport one to another world! Love her child like position and the intensity of concentration you captured!

  • Glad you like it. I sure enjoyed watching and capturing her.

    – Deborah Downes

  • Rima Dadenji
    Rima Dadenjialmost 3 years ago

    I will never forget this photograph.

  • And I’ll never forget your response. Thank you. You sure made my day:)))

    – Deborah Downes

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepabout 1 year ago

  • Thanks, Gena. Smile each time I look at this image:-)

    – Deborah Downes

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