Fontana di Trevi by Jo O'Brien

When traveling, I became really disenchanted with photography. So many photographers all taking the same shots from the same spots. Why even bother trying to come up with something different?

By the time we got to Rome, I had started leaving my “good” camera at home, instead taking the point and shoot, which also happens to be an underwater camera. This pretty much saved me from a total creative burn out. There was something about dunking it in the fountains, and taking it out while it was pissing down rain that made me feel free to enjoy the experience. Okay, and I had a smug little moment watching the tourists rush to shelter their SLRs from the weather while I happily plonked my camera into a puddle. hehehe

This shot is from our trip to the Trevi Fountain. I thought about straightening it up, but decided I like it crooked. Besides, lots of Italy is a bit crooked (architecturally)

Around 3,000 euros are thrown into this fountain each day. That’s a lot of coins!


  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 5 years ago

    A stunning capture sweetheART a shot with a difference eh? ;} happy hippy hugglez

  • midzing
    midzingover 5 years ago

    fantastic shot Jo

  • Magenta
    Magentaover 5 years ago

    gorgeous shot..I know there are a trillion shots of the ol’ trevi but how beautiful was it when you found it and saw it?

  • In Rome, all the good stuff seemed to be squashed down the end of narrow streets. Quite surreal when you realise the grandeur of what’s at the end.

    – Jo O'Brien

  • John Robb
    John Robbover 5 years ago


  • JimFilmer
    JimFilmerover 5 years ago

    and here I thought you had jumped in the fountain to capture this… well I’m glad that your creativity hadn’t completely burnt out… great shot Jo

  • I might as well have jumped in – it was splashing all over the place. I walked away wet all up my arms and in my lap! lol

    – Jo O'Brien

  • salsbells69
    salsbells69over 5 years ago

    I envy your freedom! And i delight in the fact that you did it..ditched the SLR and felt free to deliver. wonderful shot..full of expression! Excelllent!!

  • Alf Caruana
    Alf Caruanaover 5 years ago

    beautifully done Jo, thats one shot of the Trevi fountain i’ve never seen before. Very original

  • Soxy Fleming
    Soxy Flemingover 5 years ago

    I think it is wonderful Jo….and I’m now jealous, I want an underwater camera!

  • prior to having an underwater camera, I had some Tupperware, heavy duty tape and a remote control for my SLR which worked through the clear plastic…. and no fear! lol

    – Jo O'Brien

  • AmandaWitt
    AmandaWittover 5 years ago

    Cool underwater camera.

  • micklyn
    micklynover 5 years ago

    brilliant! love the description, the point of view, so different and refreshing, in more ways than one ( :

  • Thanks micklyn :)

    – Jo O'Brien

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