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“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”

Lucca + B&W

A majority of our trip to Tuscany was spent in an unexpected hot flash–sweat seeped through our clothing and most mornings we debated if it was even worth going outside to brave the heat. However, when I look back at these pictures, those moments of blistering desperation are not portrayed. A balmy, rainy day is depicted in these photos taken on one of the last Tuesdays we spent in Lucca, Italy. The tone is moody and unfocused, which is something that I really love about this set.

I found myself extremely nervous as I received my proof sheet for this project, as I haven’t worked with film very much since high school and photos of Italy are not exactly the easiest thing to recreate. To my surprise, I had 22/24 photos exposed properly without any major disfigurements. It’s not difficult to be caught up in the ease, or accessibility, of digital and furthermore find yourself relying on automatic settings (something I do not do, but is very common with a lot of professional photographers). Film really forces one to take their time and set up a solid shot. Additionally, because a photographer may only have 24 shots to work with it makes every shot count. Obviously not all these pictures are perfect, but it’s something to work towards.

I’m glad I decided to use film on this previous trip. I started with a Pentax when I was 15 years old, and consistently took photos to prove to myself that I was able to expose accurately. Though I wish I had brought more rolls to use throughout the whole stay, the moments captured in these pictures are some of the happiest and most comfortable. Looking back at this set reminds me of walking through beautiful italian alleyways in hopes of avoiding the rain. It reminds me of having a meaningful chat over authentic cappuccinos with one my best friends. It reminds me that the reason I enjoy what I do is because having the ability to tell a story–even a short one–is a really powerful thing.