It must have been around this time 16 years ago that J and I began planning a city break to mark our 10th wedding anniversary the following year. At the time, I was desperate to go to Rome but J's preference was New York and she won out. As it happens, we celebrated a year late, our original plans being scuppered by my catching chicken pox off the girls (a not very pleasant experience in your 30's and, thankfully, not something we have photographic reminders of); we loved New York and have been back a number of times since but, until this year, we had never visited Rome.
We finally made the trip in September using my Dad's 80th Birthday as an excuse - it was one of the few places that he and my Mum had always said they would go back to (my Mum being a great one for 'been there, done that, now onto something new'). I have to say that I wasn't disappointed, except, perhaps for the crowds which where crazy at times. I would certainly like to go back at a quieter time and explore a bit more.
In the past, such a trip would lead to all sorts of photographic anxiety caused by the difficult decision of what to take with me but, now I have the Fujifilm XE-1, it's a much easier question to answer; I just took that camera, 35mm and 18mm lenses and my compact carbon fibre tripod (3 Legged Thing Brian). The tripod was specifically intended for sunset/dusk conditions and so, most of the time, I carried only the camera and the two lenses - perfect for walking around a city.
I had hoped to come back with lots of really interesting street photographs but the reality was that my Dad had to come first and, of course, there were sights to see. Also, if I'm honest, I still don't know whether I properly 'get' that kind of photography yet; for me, it is a work in progress. What I have come back with is a bit of a mix but mostly what L&CPU judges would typically refer to as 'record shosts'. Even so, I thought I would share ten of my favourite photographs/places from the trip.