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Letter To Vittoria

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Sweetpea, lately I’ve been having coffee at a café’s outdoor table in the tiny piazza Luca Balsofiore, next to the yellow-domed church of San Gaetano. They’re putting up these lattice-work arches in preparation for the three-day festival of St. Vito, Forio’s patron saint. St. Vito’s memorial day is June 17. Which you know is one day after Bloomsday!

After I finished my coffee, I went into the church. I’d been in there several times before and found it similar to many others on the island. But that day the light coming in from a window at the base of the dome was particularly bright, and gave the interior a delicate and evocative glow.

I looked up at the arch, and copied the inscription in my notebook.


My Latin is terrible, and as far as I could make out this meant, “Fear my sanctuary.” Which seemed rather odd. I was thinking about it as I walked along the main street of the village. As I turned a corner, there was the professor. He was bent over, inspecting peaches in a fruit stall.
“Buon giorno!” I said.
He turned. “Ah, James, buon giorno,” he replied.
“I was thinking of paying you a visit to ask you a question about some Latin.”
“Well, here I am.”
I showed him my notebook.
“Yes, of course,” he said. “This is from Leviticus. ‘Custodite sabbata meum et pavete ad sanctuarium meum, ego Dominus.’ Ye shall keep my sabbaths and revere my sanctuary: I am the Lord.”
“I thought pavete meant to fear.”
“It’s an archiac, idiomatic verb. There is no accurate English translation. Revere is close, but not quite.”

When I got back home I went to the computer, clicked on a Bible search engine, and found Leviticus 19:30. Interesting. The King James translation of the passage uses the word “reverence” rather than “revere.” Well, all right. That’s settled.

But then I skimmed the next verse, and the next. And this caught my eye:

“When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong.
The stranger…shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt…”

I thought: Italians have never made me feel like an alien, even though I’m an American and invariably mangle their language, what little I speak of it.

Anyway, sweetpea, this isn’t anything of cosmic importance, just one small interesting thing among a multitude, and I thought I would share it with you. Remember when you told me I had to go to Ischia because it’s a perfect place for an artist? Well, you were exactly right. Virtually every day I find something fascinating to examine, ponder, to write about.

You know I’m looking forward to your arrival, once you get that undisclosed medical problem taken care of. And, cara, you must come. Not only because I want you with me again, but also because I need to see this lovely place through YOUR eyes.

Write to me.

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These are so beautiful.

Like, a Griffin and Sabine, only with Depth and style.

Many thanks for your comments.

Now, I read this in your LJ:

"I clicked pictures off on the camera. Timed shots to take in the three fold expanse of the horizon. I realized though, that I would probably get the pictures back and wonder why it didn't capture it correctly. Why it didn't pick up the tones and the sweet smell of the water here, obviously swimming with the minerals from the rocks and glacial crags. There is no way that the eye of the camera could possibly pick up the fading hues of the mountains turning into haze into the backround. One behind another behind another. And not Washington mountains. These were all green and Tolkien. There could very well have been a wizard on the edge of the boat willing it to move with his mind."

If you want to quit being disappointed with what the photofinishers do to your images, then you just GOTTA start using Adobe Photoshop. With it you can capture exactly the subtle tones and colors that you saw when you clicked the shutter. Photofinishers simply can never get it right because they do not see what moved you. Once you begin to master this great tool, the very act of making images with your camera will change. You'll see more, and in turn capture more. Soon you'll wonder how you ever lived without it!

I have Photoshop installed. I just need to purchase a scanner (which its funny you mentioned tweaking pictures, because I was thinking today about going to finally buy the scanner).

Anything in specific in PS that you were talking about? Or just general tweaking of color and such?

Color correction, lightness & contrast, hue & saturation are mainly what I use, but then there is the magic clone tool that allows me to remove such nasties as utility poles, hanging wires, and anything else I want to get rid of! AP is a truly indispensable tool for the photographer who wants to take full control of the image making process. And no, I'm not an employee of nor have any stock in that company :)


Yah. Disclaimer that you are not a fake enthusiast.

I am an artist in pen as well as photography. I'm sure Photoshop is going to come into play soon. There are a bunch of pictures that I would like to play with.

What Is Art? (Or, Boys Will Be Boys)

Nude Original

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Nude After Photoshop “Adjustment”

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Re: What Is Art? (Or, Boys Will Be Boys)

Aah. I see.

Re: What Is Art? (Or, Boys Will Be Boys)

I will write more when I can see more. I am at work and can't have nudes up. Even if they are most beautiful art.

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