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Harold Davis

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Bramante Stairs

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 21:41:12 +0000

The Bramante Stairs is a double helix staircase, meaning it consists of two independent helical stairs in the same vertical space, allowing one person to ascend and another to descend, without ever meeting if they choose different helices. This spectacular staircase is found when leaving the Vatican Museum—the day I visited one of the helical stairs […]

Tuscan Field

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:53:09 +0000

This field has been plowed. It is autumn, and the land is bare, waiting in lengthy passivity for the new crops of spring to begin to show. The patterns in the furrows as rendered by the reflected light from sky and clouds make an austere composition, possibly with more depth than is apparent on the […]

View from a San Gimignano Tower

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 23:52:58 +0000

I’ve just got home and am recovering from a 26-hour day of travel, and the nine hours of jet lag between the Bay area and Italy. That said, it was a great trip, and I am anticipating much fun as I begin to process my images from Italy. This one is another view from high […]

Rescued from the Mud

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:03:34 +0000

It’s my personality for my “eyes to be bigger than my stomach,” my artistic ego to be large, and my ability to say no to a possible photo nil regardless of potential consequences. In other words, one’s reach should be bigger than one’s grasp, or else what is a metaphor? In any case, driving along […]

Sistine Chapel Ceiling

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:08:31 +0000

Visiting the Vatican Museum is an affair of moving with and through crowds. Most are in densely packed “schools of fish” (in tour groups). Others lumber slowly, couples or small family groups, perhaps with a grandparent and a toddler with stroller in tow. My friend remarked that the Sistine Chapel—packed wall-to-wall with people—seemed more like […]

Il Campo, Siena

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:16:13 +0000

Il Campo is the central square in Siena, Italy—famous for its horse races, as a hang-out spot, and as a demonstration of the civic power of the historic republic of Siena. I visited Il Campo many years ago when I was a college kid to hang out, and not much has changed in all the […]

Clerestory Window

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:01:56 +0000

This large clerestory window in the Duomo in Trento, Italy struck me as quite like a mandala with bright, overcast light shining through. I underexposed the image to emphasize the effect. The only possibly discordant element is the small eagle, perhaps Hapsburg, in the center of the piece.

Autumn on the Slopes of Tuscany

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:08:05 +0000

Who knew you could ski in Tuscany (at least in the winter)? I photographed these beautiful autumn trees on the upper slopes of Monte Amiata. This is the dominate peak in southern Tuscany at about 5,700 feet (1,700 meters). Under the trees are chair lifts and dozens of hotels, chalets, and the appurtenances of the […]

Guitar Solo

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 16:46:48 +0000

From the tower hanging above the central piazza in the Tuscan hill town of Montepulciano, I heard lucid guitar chords rising on the wind. I looked down to find the musician. The solo guitarist in the words of singer and songwriter Joni Mitchell, “played real good…for free.”

Tuscan Landscape

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 17:22:49 +0000

Rising not quite with the sun, on my way over to the breakfast room, I saw the landscape below with patches of fog, a veritable pattern of lights and darks, layers and counter-layers.