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Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana, Modena

What an inspiration – chef Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana, in Modena.

I had the pleasure to photograph Massimo for a recent article in Jetaway magazine.

Full of contagious, positive energy, passion and enthusiasm, it is no wonder he has earned 3 Michelin stars and his restaurant; Osteria Francescana voted 3rd in this year’s, World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Continue reading.

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Italian Artisans – Glass blowers of Murano

I recently ventured to the beautiful island of Murano to meet and photograph master glass blowers and discover the intriguing and secretive world of this fascinating, ancient craft. Continue reading.

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Made in Naples

Bold and vibrant Naples in Italy’s south, is synonymous with great pizza but unfortunately, also for corruption and pollution.

Surprisingly the city is also a thriving hub for Italy’s manufacturing and industry.

Nestled on richly fertile land beneath the imposing Mount Vesuvius, Naples is a haven for expert craftsmanship and manufacturing. Continue reading.

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New Book Release – ‘Rome Secrets’

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It is with great pleasure that I announce the release of my new book, ‘Rome Secrets: Cuisine, Culture, Vistas, Piazzas’.

Ten years ago, I packed my suitcase and bags of photographic equipment and bought a one-way ticket to Rome, Italy.

I am often asked why I left the golden, sunny shores of Australia to move to Italy, to a completely different culture and way of life and to a country so steeped in tradition.  Mostly, people assume it was for love – for a charming Italian man.

The truth is – it was for love!  Love for a city, a country and a culture, that have captivated and intrigued my imagination. Continue reading.

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Rome – Artisans of the Monti district

Wander the narrow backstreets of Rome’s Monti district and discover a new breed of talented, female artisans, creating innovative, contemporary designs from ancient, artisanal techniques. Continue reading.

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Venetian Mask Makers

Walking along the back alleys and enchanting piazzas of Venice, it is easy to imagine this mesmerizing city in the days of the elaborate Renaissance and the extravagant celebrations of the lavish Carnivale. Continue reading.

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Artisans of Florence

I love stepping off the train at Firenze Santa Maria Novella, the central railway station in Florence.

There is such a wonderful vibe you feel upon arrival, which is almost tangible. The beauty, art, history and romance is everywhere!

It is no wonder Florence is one of the most popular destinations to visit for tourists coming to Italy.

This ever increasing popularity and mass tourism, is not seen as such a favourable trend for some however. Continue reading.