Italy 2016: Textures of Amalfi

Italy 2016: Textures of Amalfi

A white church is the only structure on the top of this mountain, visible from almost any point in the region. We wound our way to the top for a 360 degree panorama of the coat and still, this photo is a thumbnail of the experience.

A white church is the only structure on the top of this mountain, visible from almost any point in the region. We wound our way to the top for a 360 degree panorama of the coast and still, this photo is a thumbnail of the experience.  Mount Vesuvius in the right side background.

The photos are wrong.  Amalfi and the surrounding Massa Lubrense are impossible to capture with a lens.  The enormity, expanse and awe cannot be felt second-hand because you miss the birds exuberantly chirping, wind whipping your clothes from the top of a hillside church, the serenity of looking at seemingly endless rolling hills and the stark drop of earth to sea.  I could post a slew of photos but there is another Amalfi, one that’s zoomed in and textural.  Colorful tiles, walls encased in flowers, rusted steel and chipped plaster that seamlessly support this place and silently add to its beauty.

Cracked floor tile outside a lemon farm in Massa Lubrense.

Cracked floor tiles outside a lemon farm in Massa Lubrense.

 

Rust and paint offer detail to a boarded up roadside window.

Rust and paint offer detail to a boarded up roadside window.

 

Mosaic tile floor of Pompeii.

Mosaic floor of Pompeii.

 

Intricate tiling in Pompeii.

Intricate tiling in Pompeii.

 

Rusted steel garage door.

Rusted steel garage door.

 

Zoomed out view, I would LOVE to duplicate this whole scene.

Zoomed out view of doors; I’d ship this whole scene home if I could.

 

Tiles covering the seat of a Sorrento garden bench.

Tiles covering the seat of a Sorrento garden bench.

 

Peeling bark uncover layers of pastel.

Peeling bark reveals layers of pastel.

 

Entryway floor tiles in Torca.

Entryway floor tiles in Torca.

 

Jasmine flowers encase a residence wall.

Jasmine flowers encase a residence wall.

 

Steel bars and cover the inset window with grace and intrigue.

Steel bars cover the inset window, offering history, and shadowy intrigue.