This photo was taken in the Cinque Terre village of Riomaggiore, in November 2006, on my deceased Olympus minimju 4mp (pre-SLR days)
It struggled to contain the grain, and deal with the low light – but eventually we got this one – with an epic 4 second exposure, Andrea had to stand very still. Used the trusted trick of leaving the camera on an old stone wall, and used the self timer.
In some ways it is a technically flawed picture, and yet for me it conjures up powerful and evocative memories of a very special trip (we got engaged here, and what a beautiful place to do so) and the atmosphere of the quiet town, so in my view, artistically it succeeds.
The Cinque Terre is a fascinating region, and the architecture we see here is typical of these five seaside villages, once connected to each other only by paths.
Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinque_terre for some more information.
Featured in “Colourists” 2/10/2010