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Italy is a mosaic of old and new. My mom and I vacationed in Italy and rented a little Fiat at the Rome Airport. We headed North to spend a week in the caretaker's cottage of a medieval castle near Siena. We later drove south to the Amalfi Coast where we found a hotel with a sweeping view of the Sorrento harbor and surrounding hills. For me, these photographs leave the impression that Italy is a time warp; a montage of old and new. It is both ancient and hyper-modern; a poetic paradox where there are anomalies and puzzles to solve by the minute, and ways of doing things that seem incongruous with common sense. But to experience the antiquity, art, wine and food is to acknowledge that the Italians have earned immunity from common sense.

In Mexico, I’m inspired by the folk art and spirit of creativity in the people. There’s an underlying language of myth that animates the culture and breathes life into religion. I wonder if collectively, these myths are a prism through which the pain of loss gathers life into sharper focus... As if death can spark an even greater passion for life. A dark twist of satire and humor often shows up in the art, music and literature of Mexico. Especially memorable for me are the Day of the Dead Figurines, carved out of wood and displayed with bottles of tequila and bouquets of crepe paper flowers.

In Switzerland, we were 3 Americans and a Swiss ex-pat from a small village near Luzern. We were hosted and serenaded that first afternoon by a band of merry "hunting wives" and their husbands who masqueraded as wild furry animals. Over the next week we walked through "Meditation Forest", tasted wine at the Heidegg Castle and journeyed into the heart of the Alps on Europe's highest cogwheel railway. But most memorable was being part of one of the oldest traditions in Switzerland. To be masked in costume is to be uninhibited. To be inhabited by an angel, an exotic bird or a wild boar is freedom to be mythical and larger than yourself. "Fasnacht" is one week when the poetic and surreal trumps the everyday practicalities that dictate society for the rest of the year. With the austere and meditative days of Lent still ahead, the Swiss people embrace the important task of chasing down the ghosts of Winter.
"Palm Shadows and Door"  (2007) by paulasuterphoto
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