My family and I went to Rome to enjoy a late summer long weekend in this beautiful city. This was our first trip together to Italy and it was also my first trip with my new, old Hasselblad. Would I miss my digital camera?
Rome was everything we had hoped for. Yes, it is quite noisy with fast driving cars everywhere. But Rome also has a soft side. The historic white buildings, nuns walking everywhere, the soft light, pastel colors and terracotta colored buildings make it a beautiful city to visit.
We felt at home in Rome. The Italians are charming people, there is good food everywhere and the city is filled with history.
Before we left to Rome we decided we wanted to experience the narrow streets of Rome, not the waiting lines of the famous tourist attractions. But the center of Rome isn’t that stretched, we did everything by foot and we bumped into a lot of places we initially didn’t want to visit.
But we succeeded in our plan. To have no time schedule and experience life in Roma ‘behind the scenes’ - I’m sure we walked every one of the seven hills, we experienced the fine Italian coffee, had lunch at one of the little squares and had pizza both for lunch and dinner in small Italian restaurants.
And I learned a lot while I was shooting the streets of Rome. I learned that I don't have to take every shot, many moments are meant to be experienced not registered.
I have also taken portraits of people. Real portraits. Taken with permission. It was the first time I did this and it felt good. I really learned I need to get out of my comfort zone to grow and experience new things.
All images below were taken with the Hasselblad 503CW and the Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80 CFE on Fuji Pro 400h and were processed by Carmencita Filmlab.
Narrow streets of Rome
Late summer in Rome