Florence, Italy

Happy New Year everyone! I'm finally getting back to posting on this site after a long hiatus. And over the next few days and weeks I'll be posting outtakes of my trip from Rome to Istanbul, starting with this one from Florence.

I chose to undertake this trip after visiting Croatia last year. Towards the end of the trip, I found myself with an extra day I could have spent visiting Montenegro or Bosnia Hercegovina. I chose the former, but remained curious about the latter. As I thought more about it, I became curious about the rest of the former Yugoslavia and its surrounding countries. The Balkan war dominated the news of my youth, and I wanted to visit this region so recently engaged at war with itself.

I also wondered how Christianity would give way to Islam as one travelled east, and so I decided to begin my travels in Rome and end them in Istanbul, the seats of the Holy Roman and Ottoman empires, respectively. What I found was not what I expected, as religious affiliations hop-scotched between the countries, influencing events in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.

Comments (3)

Excellent composition and range of tones. Very nice shot!

Posted by Christopher on 04 Jan 2012, 8.12 PM

Happy new year! nice capture of these fine ladies

Posted by CrashRyan on 11 Jan 2012, 8.18 PM

Great use of contrast!

Posted by MD on 31 Aug 2014, 11.37 AM

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Posted 04 Jan 2012   |   Photography + design © Eugene Kuo // 226.