Vernazza Harbor, Italy, 2010

THIS PHOTOGRAPH WAS MADE in the small harbor town of Vernazza in Italy. The classic postcard view of the Vernazza harbor is taken from a promontory above the town, and while I eventually photographed that view as well, it was from a desire to find something new that I found this scene. Ultimately the higher vantage point so favored by photographers is about the same things as this one—a colorful seaside fishing village at dusk—but I wanted something different, and a little more universal, so I set about finding it. That’s my way of saying I didn’t want to walk up the trail and shoot the same thing everyone else has shot. What I got was an image I am much happier with.

The image is horizontally framed in a 2:3 ratio. ...

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