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Buon Giorno, Napoli - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

Napoli, the first city in our first trip to Italy. We had sort of read somewhere that it’s got a not-so-great reputation. On top of that, we were staying in THE infamous Quartieri Spagnoli (the Spanish Quarter).

As if it should be expected, we were scolded, in the midst of taking iPhone photography, for holding out our cell phone outside a restaurant while waiting to be seated for dinner.

So, when we stepped out at the crack of dawn to explore the next morning , I was a little apprehensive. Mind you, we could not speak a word of Italian, which makes getting ourselves out of trouble a little challenging.

So I thought.

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Steps-Quartieri-Spagnoli-Napoli-Italy-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography.jpg

Funny thing, as we started walking, I discovered that I conveniently knew how to greet people in the morning.

So we “buon giorno”-ed our way through the narrow streets and into the morning market.

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Buon-Giorno-Napoli-Italy-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

We met a nice nonna that tried to point us the way to interesting places to visit, in a language that’s way too sophisticated for us. We also met interesting people like this one that took product delivery the vertical way.

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Verticle-Transportaion-the-Napoli-Way-Italy-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

The whole morning, nothing but good things happened to us. It seemed that an angel was watching over us. In fact, as the hours stretched into days, the angel must have stayed with us.

Stay tuned, more on Napoli soon…

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A Photograph That Saved A Thousand Words - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

Photography can be such an amazing venue for expression and explanation without many words. As the cliche goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words”. It’s also a great tool for representing a moment in time. However, just because one image saves one thousand words, it doesn’t mean no word is needed to provide context. This makes me think of a situation in which just because a good employee can save his boss tons of money doesn’t mean the employer won’t have to compensate him for his work. Alright, I digress…

Take this image for example, I made it before the National Historic Archery Challenge's Final in Bevagna, Italy. How would you interpret it or caption it? Knowing that
the people of this town is capable of drama in high fashion, I won’t be surprised at some of the answers that you will put below. 😊

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What is Your Secret? - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

Secrets, something that must stay out of light, are no exception in the dark age of Medieval time. As the late physician Paul Tournier put it, “Nothing makes us so lonely as our secrets.” This may have explained why so many secrets have been exposed with the promise of keeping it such when shared.

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On the day of the Giostra del Saracino in Arezzo, Italy, when the final parade made its way to the Cathedral and the knights from four competing districts waited to be blessed by the Bishop of the city, I witnessed human urge to tell secrets. After all, the Lancia d’Oro (golden spear) is at stake. In my book, the higher the prize, the more juice. :-)

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Secrets-at-Giostra-del-Saracino-Arezzo-Italy-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography-(2)

So, what is your secret? By the way, no point in keeping it from others because “if you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself” (George Orwell, 1984).

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