The big Saturday markets will never cease to be a goldmine of opportunity for capturing the wealth of Italian faces
Recently, when visiting my dear friends Novelia and Peppe in Sulmona for the Easter festivities, I discovered the huge Saturday market held in the piazza. I had wandered out of my B&B (close by) with my camera to see if anything might catch my attention. Suffice it to say, I was snapping away almost immediately.
Italian markets are no laid-back affair
Wow, there’s serious life going on. The interactions. The commerce. The smiles. There’s enormous energy and movement. This is a photojournalist’s dream! And, what started out as a designated twenty-minute exploration turned into a two-hour project, with multiple passes through the market. Each lap would yield a fresh batch of Italian faces and interactions.
Italians speak with their whole bodies.
I wish I was more fluid in this regard. But, I’m simply a restrained westerner. And, rather than trying to emulate these gestures, and fail miserably, I think it’s wise to simply applaud these masters of communication. Actually, I think it would be fun to have a caption contest with images such as these to see what the viewers infer from the facial expressions and hand gestures!
Radiant, friendly Italian faces abound
I’d be happy, too, if I was surrounded by so many artisanal cheeses, like the woman below.
The market is an orchestra of constant activity and movement.
At times, I was almost on visual overload. But, I reminded myself to breathe, and to “take it as it comes”!
And, when you’ve had enough…
You find a spot to rest, with your faithful friend safely tethered close by!
See these and other photos in my online gallery!