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Boys Will be Boys ...... - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

I love it when children are like children, like the ones that chase bubbles with all their lives. What I didn’t realize is that boys will be boys and stay that way for a long time. I had this epiphany while in Arezzo, Italy for its Giostra del Saracino. Over there, I got to observe them doing what they do best.

Boys play:

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Drumming-Boy-in-Front-of-Chiesa-di-San-Domenico-Arezzo-Italy-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

Boys fight:

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Flagwavers-Practice-Fighting-Arezzo-Italy-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

Boys would be playing to fight:

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It seems that they each have a boy in their ever-maturing human bodies, rent free. What I need help figuring out is, at what point, the boy gets evicted. Or does he ever? I mean, do you see a boy lurking underneath this gentleman’s skin?

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Old-Gentleman-Reading-Newspaper-in-the-Middle-of-Street-Arezzo-Italy-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

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What would you do for great photography? - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

When it comes to making great sacrifices for photography, we've all learnt the tragic incidents of stepping too close to the edge of cliffs or backing one little too much over the top of the buildings.   

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Fighting-through-Snow-Kanazawa-Castle-Kanazawa-Japan-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

On this fateful day, when visitors were scarce in the Kanazawa Castle Park and tracking my (ever-elusive) Assistante in snow flurry was impossible, I arrived at a scene where it was almost too easy to spot this couple.  They must have gotten into position in such a haste, their umbrellas dispersed in the only area where trekking through waist-high snow was not required.  They soon would be dusted with a layer of icing from the falling snow.  The chance of being dumped upon from the tree branches above was no problem.  The gaze from the observing eyes of the stand-by-photographer was not an issue.    All they saw was each other and the pursuit for great portraiture that they shared.

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Couple-Taking-Photographs-in-Kanazawa-Castle-Park-Kanazawa-Japan-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

Somehow, this couple gained great respect from me after my relatively-short-probably-impatient gaze.  You see, it's easy to do something heroic once in a lifetime.  It's another thing to be consistent.  And I see this couple committing something similar over and over again else-where in the world.  Hooray, to the courageous two!  Hooray, from the supposed professional.  I'm reminded again why I travel.  So I learn and be inspired.  

On a separate note, I promised more "cotton candies" last time.  Keep the requests coming, and I shall be baaaack.

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You Say La Boca, I Say Genoa - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

For most tourists, no visit to Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina, would be complete without spending time at its neighborhood of La Boca.  The popular pedestrian Caminito ("little walkway" or "little path" in Spanish) is well known for tango performance, artist stands and colorful houses.  In fact, the pastel colors facing the once abandoned street was not applied until late 1950s by Argentine artist Benito Quinquela Martín that lived nearby.  

Life in Argentina was probably nothing comparable to that in the glorious Italian city of
Genoa, which was once one of the so-called "Maritime Republics".  Had there been a Benito Quinquela Martín  earlier, would La Boca's early settlers from Genoa still be as home sick?

The famous song in the Genoese dialect, "Ma se ghe penso" ("But if I think ab
out it" in English), written and composed by Genoese singer Mario Cappello (with Attilio Margutti's help with the music) in 1925, depicts the yearning desire of an Italian emigrant to return "to lay my bones where my grandmother's are":

"
But when I think of it, then I see the ocean, I see my mountains and Piazza della Nunziata..."
 

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Play-of-Colors-and-Shadows-La-Boca-Buenos-Aires-Argentina-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

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