Private Cave

In my Navy SEAL-like zodiac ride around the bay of Napoli, I found this ruin with a cave underneath. My guide told me that this was used by ancient Romans as a fish farm, but then again, he was a drunk Italian.

Private Cave

Faces of Italy

I’m leaving Italy today… Between meetings I had time to explore around with my camera and iPod in overdrive. I saw a lot of interesting faces, so I collected a series of portraits that I have collected into a little portfolio set on Flickr called “What they Dream and What they Do”. If I ever saw someone with an interesting face, I thought perhaps they might have an interesting story too, so I’ve organized the set by the motif of what people do with their lives. Here are the first eight pictures from the series. I will probably add to this collection in the future, or at least until I ask to take someone’s picture and they punch me in the face.

This is Vespucci

This is Vespucci

This is Vespucci.

Vespucci’s dream is to find his son and tell him important things. He twists his head quickly at me with a lost and quizzical look, and then he returns to a thoughtful gaze.

Vespucci is currently homeless and cannot remember where his son is.

This is Skye

This is Skye.

Skye’s dream, she says with a stalwart demeanor, is to be a successful dermatologist.

Skye is currently modeling in Milan during summer break from medical school.


This is Paola

This is Paola.

Paola’s dream, she pauses, she can’t remember them any more.

Paula is currently poses as the Statue of Liberty on the Spaccanapoli in Naples.


This is Claudio

This is Claudio.

Claudio’s dream is to help people and to seek the truth. He squints at the crucifix in the basilica.

Claudio is currently living out his dream and has peace.

This is Maurizio

This is Maurizio.

Maurizio’s dream is to captain a boat in the bay of Naples and to protect the habitat around Pospitillo and the Amalfi Coast. When he shakes hands, his grip is of old rope.

Maurizio is currently living out his dream.


This is Astius

This is Astia.

Astia’s dream was to see her son to rule the Roman Empire.

Astia died never seeing it happen.


This is Manea

This is Manea.

Manea’s dream is to go back to Romania and find his mother. He smiles inside his beard, looking upward.

Manea is currently homeless and thinks his mother may be dead, or worse, she may not remember him.


This is Maria

This is Maria.

Maria dreams of being a songwriter and singer. She often looks down and nods her head, thinking about deep waves.

Maria is currently teaching scuba diving in Naples and writes songs at night.

Morning Seagull over Vesuvius

I woke up early this morning and saw this out of my window, so I went across the street to get a picture.

Morning Seagull over Vesuvius

The Amalfi Coast by Night

After Pompeii, we visited Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast for dinner. We stopped in an incredibly dangerous cliffside by speeding drunk Italians to take this picture.

The Amalfi Coast at Night

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