Places Remembered: Verona

Please permit me a seasonal juxtaposition.  It’s full-blown spring now, and the birds are all singing what appear at first to be songs of joy, but probably are rather raucous territorial warnings to potential rivals and predators.  Still, as the Bard writ, thoughts turn to love.  And I find my mind’s eye wandering back to a particular day—not in spring, but in autumn—to a Sunday in September that I spent in Verona, Italy, the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.  I had the entire day free, and had decided to take my map and just follow my instincts and see where they and my muses might lead me.  I made no special effort to search out Juliet’s balcony or any other tourist attraction, but just wandered at will.  Toward late afternoon I found myself strolling on the sidewalk along the south bank of the Adige river, and as I passed a curve in the river’s path and surveyed the view across the river to the north, I saw a young couple sitting on the stone railing at the river’s edge, totally engrossed in each other and oblivious to anyone else in the area—including me, a random passer-by.  I was immediately captivated by their intensity, and made a quick decision to forego my usual procedure of scouting around for the best angle, taking best advantage of the available light, looking for the ideal background, bracketing exposures, etc.  Instead, I crossed my mental fingers, quickly set my exposure at 1/3-stop under to be sure that I’d capture details in the highlights, and carefully squeezed off one shot only, then turned casually and went back on my exploratory way.  It wasn’t until later that evening, when I had my first look at the day’s results, that I had a chance to review this shot.  It remains one of my very favorites from the entire trip.  In retrospect, a part of me wishes that I’d gone over, introduced myself, and offered to send them a copy of what I thought would be a nice candid portrait—but I didn’t, and a larger part of me rests assured that I did the right thing in not interrupting this intimate and special moment.  And so, as we celebrate spring, let me take us back to young love in autumn:   Here, then, are my Romeo and Juliet.


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13 Responses to Places Remembered: Verona

  1. Wow, you can practically feel the sizzle in the air surrounding them. What a fabulous candid shot! You’re a sneaky little devil aren’t you? LOL

  2. krikitarts says:

    What a fine compliment, Cindy. Sizzle–how appropriate! If it had started to rain, they would have started to steam. If I had made a burst of shots, my battery might well have overheated.

  3. Young love… does sit well with the surroundings even without the background story.

    • krikitarts says:

      There really was an amazing aura in this place–hard to describe, but something like a gentle, peaceful, but anticipatory electricity just under the surface. I’d like to spend a lot more time there.

      • It is strange how some places just have that magical feeling in the air. Sounds daft but it is like electric you can feel it all about you and awarness and feelings are so much sharper

      • krikitarts says:

        David, if this is daft, then I plead guilty in the first degree. From my perspective, the only real daftness is attributable to the unfortunate ones who cannot sense the undercurrents that set this world alive. Thanks for being one of those who can.

      • Keep it a secret….don’t want everyone intruding!


  4. ~mimo~ says:

    a fantastic real life candid! What a background too!

    • krikitarts says:

      I was ecstatic when I saw this, having trusted in just one shot. I just love his hand on the back of her neck and her closed eyes. Thank you so much for the compliment, Mimo.

  5. Adrian Lewis says:

    Excellent words and picture, Gary – I think the whole thing works wonderfully – and as a single shot – wow, I’m jealous! Adrian

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