Saturday, August 22, 2015

The last sheep herder?

As I was returning from Scopello I stopped by a panelle vendor by the road. [Panelle are Sicilian chick peas patties that you eat with bread in a sandwich.] The man was sitting by the seller taking a break from the sun. He may be the last herder in these parts. Too bad. All has changed to this modern smart phone driven world where there are no longer any authentic products and all is really plastic. People who have accepted this connected world are losing out on the real world. As the old song went, nothing is real; how true. as for the panelle stand, it's days are numbered.

Friday, August 21, 2015

The old and the new

I decry what has become of this place but for many this is progress. Bet all on tourism by killing the traditional  soul for the artificial BS. Perhaps I have become old but I do not like this new place as much. Progrss is inevitable but it could be better managed.
These shots are all of the Corso. The top one is from 1969. The others are from this year.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The feast has begun

It actually started last evening with the annual procession of the statue of the Madonna to the marina and placing it on a boat for a tour of the harbor and nearby shore, It's an emotional even for the population.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Il castello

Just two shots from inside the castle that gives Castellammare del Golfo it's name. Once almost abandoned, the castle has been re furbished inside and out and it's a must place to visit. It has amuseum,  a conference room and an archive. It's nice to go out on it's veranda and look at the town from here. Seeing the place without it  is like  seeing  Paris without the Tour D' Eiffel.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Old archival classic

I believe that this is one of my best images. It was shot circa 1970 in Castellammare del Golfo. These were three old spinster sisters. The camera was a Canon FT with a Canon 50mm f1.4 FL lens; the film was Tri-X Pan developed in D-76 in 1:1 dilution. I have posted this before but it's worth looking at.

Monday, August 17, 2015

La tonnara

This  are what remains of the tuna works in Scopello, The tuna fishing boats are all gone because more modern methods are now employed. What remains are the huge anchors from the old boats. It's all for tourists now all phoney and made up. A real pity.