NAPLES AND AMALFI COAST
By Roman Martin
So near and so far away, both locations cause wonder and every time I find myself at these locations, they take my breath away. What that means in the aspect of a photograph and viewed with photo eyes, Naples is only one of the cities on the southern coast of Italy (by the way its one of the bigger cities in Italy). You will say it looks like Genova or some similar bigger city on the coast. For me, Naples is one of the best inspirations in street photography, an inexhaustible source for black and white photography, which makes me extremely happy because at any time of a day, whether rainy or sunny, capture opportunities are endless.
On the other side, Naples is a port town, with several immigrants. High unemployment is prevalent and for years the biggest problem is carelessness with poor pick-up service, which has made the city an unpopular place. In addition to that, wonderful buildings are empty, not maintained or are just ridden with stalled constructions sites for years.
For safety reasons, it’s not recommended to enter some areas of Naples, however if you stick to the rules and tourist routes, you won’t have any problems. I myself have never experienced any issues there.
In the surrounding areas of Naples, in fact in the bay, there are a few islands with the most popular one being Capri. Naples and Capri are very close in proximity and you wouldn’t believe the great variety of things to see. I really love the Naples tour, because our day to day activities are unpredictable, I mean from a photographic aspect, simple details, including architecture to people on roads, are an inexhaustible resource for a range of photographers from beginner to enthusiast.
I think, the best photographs I’ve taken originate from Naples. On each corner and street you will find details and people you will be compelled to capture with your camera. It’s normal that not everyone will be interested in taking photographs and therefore, the best thing is to use the photographing technique from the hand without stretching and preparing the model.
Variety is vast, particularly when you come to the Amalfi Coast, where – after Naples – you feel like you’re in another country. The Amalfi Coast is a wonderful collection of cities on the volcanic rocks where you will experience wonderful beaches covered with tiny vulcanic sand. Cities “jump” out of cliffs and you’ll get the feeling that they will dive to the Mediterranean Sea. One of such cities is Positano.
In addition to all these varieties, we should not leave out Pompeii, which was totally destroyed in the first century B.C. by eruption of the volcano Vezuvius. Pompeii is not such a spectacular subject in a photographic sense, but in any case a challenge for each photographer and a place which is historically unavoidable if you are in Naples or its surrounding area.
Here are some photographs from the location in surrounding Naples, which I like best and this is the island of Procida. A small fisher’s island, which is one of my favorite places in Italy.