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Lorenzo Grifantini Beach Street Photography cover

NOTE: This is a Guest Blog post written by Lorenzo Grifantini exclusively for www.streethunters.net.


Italian Summer – A Beach Street Photography Project

I took these pictures in different places around Italy—like the island of Salina in Sicily, Salento in Puglia, and Forte dei Marmi in Tuscany. I looked at people of all ages and social stations hoping to find that one common thread of surreal irony. In these difficult times for my country Italian summer is the season when Italians can express their lightness of being and their love for life. Also, as an Italian expat who has lived in London for more than ten years, I can finally see my cultural traits spread out on the beaches of Italy and that evokes strong childhood memories for me of the long happy summers I spent there.

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A guide to Street Photography in Norwich

Introduction

Norwich is the city where I was born, and despite having never actually lived there, it’s a place where I’ve spent a great deal of my time over the years as I went to school and university there. As the town where I have lived all my life is quite small and Norwich has a population of over 200,000, it is on the urban streets here that I learnt how to be a street photographer. Norwich is the capital of Norfolk, and is located in the heart of East Anglia, in the ‘hump’ that protrudes to England’s South East. It is a fantastically historic city, and the city centre is home to a truly remarkable number of brilliantly preserved mediaeval buildings, which form an interesting architectural backdrop to photos. The most distinctive of these are the beautiful Norman Cathedral (which has the second highest spire in England), and the Norman Castle, located right in the city centre. Norwich is a very popular shopping destination which means there are always people on the streets, and it has a strong cultural identity and nightlife too owing to the two universities based in the city.

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Rethymno Venetian port

Introduction

If you are a long time Reader of StreetHunters.net, you might probably know by now that both my partner in crime, Andrew Sweigart and myself live in very little towns that tend to be quiet most of the time, especially during the winter season.

Andrew lives in York. He has written about shooting Street in York, Lancaster, Harrisburg or Baltimore in his post My Favorite Places To Shoot Street Photography. I recommend you take a look at Andrew’s post for some tips if you leave in one of those areas.

I live in Crete. Crete has 2 major cities and 2 big towns. There are other small towns and mostly villages on the island. I live in Rethymno. Rethymno is a big town. During the summer season my town is full of tourists so there are many opportunities for capturing new photographs. During winter, things are not so vibrant. If you check my post A guide to Street Photography in Rethymno, Crete you will notice that the best part of town to shoot is the Old Venetian town and that is but a small part of the greater Rethymno area. That is where I shoot on a daily basis. I can walk from one side of the old town to the other and back in 1 hour. I have taken more than 20.000 photographs here in the past 3 years and I keep shooting. Even though I have published 367 photos on flickr (at the time of this post) I still feel that my little town has a lot of new photographic opportunities to offer me. I have felt myself suffocate here photographically. I have felt myself wither and fade into boredom. I have also thought of never, ever taking another photograph when in Rethymno, but those thoughts are all in the past now. I have found ways to get over the feeling of being bored and I want to share how with you all.

Bye bye pirates

Introduction

Since the summer of 2009 I have been living in the lovely little town of Rethymno in Crete, Greece. Rethymno is a small town that is located on the north shores of Crete in the mid-west part of the island. Rethymno is also the name of the county that Rethymno town is located in. Rethymno county is much larger and covers a big area from the north to the south shores of the island. I like Rethymno because of the old part of town that has a strong Venetian influence. Most of the old buildings there are still inhabited, mostly by older people or families and the narrow paths and small squares are almost always full of children playing or of older people relaxing. The reason for this is that no cars are allowed in the Old Town and this makes it safe for families to let their kids have fun in the streets, just like kids had fun in the old days. Those narrow streets and little alleys, the squares and the seaside road are where I practise my art. This is where everything started for me.