Focus Pocus Children's Photography

Fine Art Pregnancy, Baby, Children, Family Portrait Photographer - Linda Kessler - New York


July – August 2005

I was given the opportunity to live in Italy in the summer of 2005. It had been 31 years since I was there last, as a hippy backpacking through Europe. My colleagues apartment, which I was subletting, was part of a condomium complex in Viareggio, a town in the province of Lucca, situated on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea in the north of Tuscany, Italy. Viareggio is one of the most famous and traditional seaside resorts in Tuscany. Twenty minutes by foot, we were delighted by its famous liberty period architecture. Fond memories of hearing a neighbor opera singer practice the scales while my son practiced his songs on his clarinet reaffirmed me of the high value the Italian people place on classical music and art. I felt at home in Italy, as an artist, being surrounded by some of the greatest art of the world. It is easy to imagine Michelangelo chiseling his stone, or the brush of Piero della Francesco painting his frescoes, or Federico Fellini, directing his cast on the beach for La Strada, or Puccini composing his operas.

Some fond memories:

  • Florence – Uffizi, Trattoria Mario
  • Rome – the Jewish Ghetto, the Bridge of the River Arno
  • Venice – room with a view of San Marco Square and the Ducal Palace, from our hostel in Giudecca, watching the fireworks celebrating Festa del Redentore; Lido Island and the Hotel Des Baines, recalling “Death in Venice”; Murano
  • Siena – Il Palio Lucca – bicycle riding around the walls, “Madama Butterfly”
  • Piza – climbing to the top of the Leaning Tower
  • Arezzo- fabulous antique flea market, Piero de la Francesca frescoes
  • La Cinque Terre – our walk through the islands overlooking turquoise waters
  • Levanto – my birthday and great Lobster Risotto
  • Volterra – alabaster
  • Pistola- Gelato
  • Train stop- Balto de Bidegl
  • My birthday celebration mangiare Lobster Rissoto

“…Greek idealism, a civilization of music and philosophy and Roman pragmatism, a civilization of law and rationality, blended perfectly to create a new culture that forms the basis of Western civilizations of which we Italians, the greatest people on earth should be the proud heirs.”

From the film, “Pane e Tupani” (“Bread and Tulips”) -- “It is a simply ravishing country, from the delicious gelatos to the beautifully, impeccably dressed people, with exquisite taste for taste, and romance…”

Linda Kessler

Pianist: Portico d'Ottavia, Rome