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Catania – Sicily

A recent assignment for the New York Times took me to the very colourful and vibrant Sicilian city of Catania.

Sicily is one of my favourite regions of Italy to photograph purely because it is so rich visually and very theatrical.

I found the contrasts of the city quite striking – taking in the sights, smells and banter of the early morning Mercato del Pesce or Fish Market, through to the glitz and glam of the evening’s performance at the exquisite Teatro Massimo Vincenzo Bellini. Continue reading.

Dante Alighieri Divine Comedy

Italian Libraries – Biblioteche

Without doubt one of the most interesting photo assignments I’ve shot while in Italy – the hidden treasures to discover in Italy’s exsquisite libraries.

The highlight no doubt for me was photographing Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, original edition published in 1472 at the beautiful Biblioteca Angelica in Rome.

You can read the full article in the New York Times here and view more photos in my Italy Image Archive.

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Trieste, Italy

Getting well off the tourist beaten track for a great photo assignment in the beautiful city of Trieste on the border of Slovenia, for the New York Times.

Check out the story here and view more photos in my online Italy Archive here:

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Ponza Paradise

If you are dreaming of warm, sunny, summer days by the sea, take a virtual journey to Ponza in this article that I shot for Australian Gourmet Traveller last summer.

Just a short train and ferry ride from Rome, Ponza and the neighbouring Pontine islands are a must for anyone wanting to experience a true Mediterranean treasure. Continue reading.

Italy Regional Cuisine

Last year was jam packed with amazing assignments in all regions of Italy and beyond. In the next few blog posts, a sample of some of the published works; the places, people and experiences from my travels. To begin, a taste of regional cuisine for  Virtuoso Life Magazine  – from Liguria and Veneto in the north, to Lazio and Sicily in the south and everything in between. Continue reading.

Tuscany’s Off-Season, a Hidden Gem

Travel in Tuscany awakens thoughts of wandering hills and verdant panoramas. With such stunning landscapes comes hordes of eager tourists. To escape the relentless crowds and see another side of Tuscany, travelers might consider visiting the region in its winter off-season, as I did while on a shoot for the New York Times. Continue reading.

Sicily, free houses in Gangi

Sicily – Free houses in Gangi

Last July I ventured to Sicily with Aussie journalist, Josephine McKenna to photograph the village of Gangi, a small town in the Sicilian countryside that’s making big waves. To breathe new life into Gangi’s waning population and a tired economy, local mayor Giuseppe Ferrarello arranged to have the town’s many abandoned houses given away for free. The catch? The new homeowners must simply have the old houses renovated.

We met with Ferrarello and many of the enthusiastic new homeowners to learn more about the project and how this sleepy little town is waking up. Explore the full gallery of images here, or read the story for Air Berlin magazine here. Continue reading.

Lonely Planet book – ‘Italy – From the Source’

This time last year I embarked on a massive assignment for Lonely Planet, photographing chefs and cooks from all regions of Italy and their favourite local dishes.

The results of which have now been published in the recently released cookbook series – ‘From the Source – Authentic recipes from the people who know them the best’. Continue reading.

Amalfi lemon producer, Luigi Aceto, Susan Wright Photographer

Amalfi Lemon Legend – Luigi Aceto

I’ve met some truly amazing people with inspiring stories on my travels in Italy.  One of those – Luigi Aceto, the legendary lemon producer on the Amalfi Coast.

View photos and read his remarkable story here in the latest issue of Iberia’s Ronda Magazine. Continue reading.

Sting and Trudie Styler's villa Il Palagio, Tuscany, Italy

Il Palagio – Sting’s Luxury Tuscan Villa

A recent photo shoot for Australian Gourmet Traveller, photographing Sting and Trudie Styler’s stunning, 16th century estate; ‘Il Palagio’ set in the picturesque Chianti hills.  Read the full article here and plan your very own visit to the rockstar’s Renaissance retreat on your next trip to Italy. Continue reading.