You Should Have Seen It in Color: A Photographic Tour of Italy and the U.K. in B&W


Someone once said, “You don’t take a photograph. You ask, quietly, to borrow it.” As I’ve struggled over the past couple of weeks for a topic to blog on (being the ever indecisive Libra), I decided to give readers a taste of my secret pleasure, black and white photography. The following ten pictures show some favorites from my time spent in Italy and the United Kingdom over the last two years:

1. Poggio Mirteto, Rieti, Italy

A random section of fence along the side of the road

This photo was taken in March of 2009 when a group of Carroll students and I toured Italy as part of a class on travel writing and sketching in Italy. This was on the first day of the trip when we, jet lagged and exhausted, attempted to maneuver our way from Rome to the small medieval village of Casperia.

2. Conwy Castle, Conwy, Gwynedd, Wales, UK

This picture was taken at Conwy Castle in Wales. Northern Wales is renowned for its exquisite castle ruins that date from the time of Edward I in the late thirteenth century. This particular shot shows the perfect circularity of the castle towers, something that struck me when I looked up them for the first time.

3. Memorial of Victor Emmanuel II, Rome, Italy

Some of my favorite shots involve people, and this is one of them. They are a couple standing outside of the Victor Emmanuel II Memorial in Rome. Simply a stunning building in person. It’s rather hard to think it’s a memorial rather than a political building or something of the sort.

4. The River Avon, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, UK

Shakespeare’s birthplace provided me with some great black and white pictures, especially along the River Avon. The Holy Trinity Church where Shakespeare was buried constitutes another lovely place to take pictures. I ventured here in November when the colors had turned (well, as much as the colors actually change in England in autumn!).

5. View of the old St. Patrick’s Church (ca.960 AD) and Morecombe Bay, Heysham, Lancashire, UK

Another adventure I took alone. This time, I went to the little village of Heysham, a short bus ride from Lancaster. There is an old Anglo-Saxon ruin and Viking barrows nearby. Quite a stunning place, especially if one chose to picnic, walk his/her dog, or just to explore and think.

6. Graveyard, Casperia, Rieti, Italy

One of my favorite pictures of all time. I’ve found many of the most interesting can be taken from looking through fences or other openings such as arches, windows, etc.

7. National Railway Museum, York, Yorkshire, UK

The National Railway Museum in York, the very same that held the Hogwarts Express for a while. I like this photo simply for the perspective and its breadth.

8. Roman Forum in the Sunlight, Rome, Italy

I LOVE the light in this picture of the Roman Forum.

9. Church in the Piazza del Popolo, Rome, Italy

Another people shot in the Piazza del Popolo in Rome. I believe this is outside the Church of Maria del Popolo, the same church that was a part of Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons book and movie.

10.  Parliament Building along the River Thames, London, UK

One of the most magnificent sights in London, the nineteenth-century Parliament building that is part of the Westminster Palace complex along the Thames. Big Ben is just out of sight on the right side of the picture.

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