Street Life in Sicily

Life in Italy, Italywise

Street life in Cefalu, Sicily is rich in vignettes.

I feel like a paparazzo (that’s just one photographer vs paparazzi, which indicates many) of street life in Italy. I do this not only for photography, but for inspiration for my paintings. I try to work in stealth (that translates into having a zoom lens), so as not to disturb the energy of the scenes that unfold before my eyes.

So it was on this day in Cefalu, Sicily, that I begin zigzagging through the streets with my periscope up on the lookout to see what presented itself. Much of the movie Cinema Paradiso was filmed Cefalu. I can see why this was a perfect movie set, and still is.

The translation of Cefalu is “head”, and theories suggest this refers to the shape of the hill and rock above the town, adorned with an ancient castle.

Learn more about Cefalu at

In this particular image, the gentlemen in the chair was fixed, as if rendered in stone. Meanwhile la suora (the sister) moves up the street, and enters a home. I love these layers of street life in Sicily, and I hope to return for a longer visit, solely to for the purpose of capturing life as it unfolds on the streets of Sicily.

For this and other photographs, please be sure to check out my online gallery.

By |2016-01-19T12:46:26+01:00January 19th, 2016|Black & White, Photography Posts, Sicily|2 Comments

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I’m an American expat living in Italy!


  1. Anita January 19, 2016 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Ciao Jed! I’m living vicariously through your camera lens! I can picture you hiding around the corner to get a great shot! I love this piece and picture with the nun and the older man who’s looking off into the distance oblivious! Grazie!! Anita

    • Jed January 19, 2016 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      Ciao Anita! I often wonder if these people looking off into the distance are performing an Italian version of meditation! Maybe not in this case, since the man has a rather harsh expression on his face. Still, a great face full of character.

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