It’s been exactly ten years since I took this photo. I remember it vividly; the sun setting on the Tyrrhenian coast, the warm colors, the beauty of Southern Italy at dusk.
I published the photo on Flickr about two years ago, when I opened my profile, and it received a lot of praise from the users (this was also probably due to the fact that it was my first photo on the Explore page), as I kept registering it for competitions on the website.
It often ended up on the podium and last week it won the “Sunsets by the Sea” contest, so I decided to use it for the opening of this blog.
I think it conveys a lot; it was one of the first pictures I took with my old Reflex (Canon 1000D), which I was bringing with me everywhere around that time, and even though I have been into photography since I was in primary school (starting out with Kodak’s disposable cameras), it’s when I started learning more about it, mostly as an autodidact.
“Italian Sunset – Calabria” (this is how I named it on Flickr) represents my origins; I was born in Milan from a Calabrian father and my maternal grandparents are also from this Italian region. During my childhood years I used to spend lots of summers in Guardia Piemontese Marina, a little coastal town, and I have the most wonderful memories of my time there with my beloved grandparents.
I wish to go back to the South and explore different cities, the most touristic ones, which I haven’t seen yet (maybe we are so focused on traveling, getting to know exotic places around the world, that we forget the places closest to us that are worth discovering, too); Scilla, Tropea, Capo Vaticano and others are on my list and I will surely keep you updated. I may create a local guide with the must-see places in Calabria.
I highly recommend you visit Southern Italy and Calabria in particular, as it is one of the most fascinating Italian regions. Natural places, historical sites and the local food (so delicious!) will surely make your trip beautiful and exciting!
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