Elderly woman steadying herself in doorway, Compo dei Fiori, Roma.

I remember seeing this lovely, elderly woman from across the Compo. She immediately reminded me of my grandmother, back in the States. Respecting her privacy, I quickly tried to get within range, shooting from the hip with my Hasselblad.

The bright spot above her head in the doorway was actually a light bulb.

It remains my favorite of all the photographs I have taken.

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doorway, italy, old woman, rome


  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezalmost 4 years ago

    great capture! :)

  • Thank you. I remember that I had to run and shoot from the hip. Really glad that this one turned out the way it did.

    – pmreed

  • Rhoufi
    Rhoufialmost 4 years ago

    Very good effort after a run – you still got the best moment. And the slight colouring is just right.

  • Thank you for the compliment. I was shooting with a Hasselblad, which was a lot of fun but a real challenge when it came to spontaneity.

    – pmreed

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 4 years ago

    September 11, 2010

  • Thank you for the feature. It’s been many years since I took this photograph but it remains one of my favorites.

    – pmreed

  • LorenaLo
    LorenaLoalmost 4 years ago

    What a beauty! well done!

  • Thank you, Lorena.

    – pmreed

  • SPFisher
    SPFisheralmost 4 years ago

    great street shot!

  • Thank you Simone. As I mentioned above, I think that no matter how many photos I have taken in the past or will take in the future, this one will remain my favorite.

    – pmreed

  • diLuisa Photography
    diLuisa Photog...almost 4 years ago

  • Mille Grazie!

    – pmreed

  • Brian Gaynor
    Brian Gaynorover 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture!

  • Thank you, Brian

    – pmreed

  • SPFisher
    SPFisherover 3 years ago

    Superb work – congrats!

  • Thank you very much for this Feature, Simone!

    – pmreed

  • Valerie Rosen
    Valerie Rosenover 3 years ago

    excellent in B&W! :-) val

  • Thank you, val!

    – pmreed

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyover 3 years ago

    This is a wonderful collection, are they scanned?

  • Thank you for another fine compliment. Yes, they are scanned – my first step into the digital world. After many years living in too many cellars, my negs were starting to look a bit worse for wear. I was able to clean them up in PhotoShop.
    Wish I’d had all these tools back then…

    – pmreed

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