The town in Tuscany where we spend our summers has a festival every year in September. Amongst the colourful stalls, fireworks and prize draws, there’s room for cultural and artistic initiatives. For the past nine years I have been putting up a photo exhibit. The festival lasts for only three days and each year I have to find a space for my photos. One year I was lucky enough to have an empty shop, a bank had just moved out of.
People come into town from the area and beyond, a good mixture of locals, holiday home owners and foreign tourists. I’ve found the local people really appreciative of my work and they say they now look forward to my show each year.
This year I got to share a three room space with the local theatre group. They were exhibiting costumes from their production of Molière’s “Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme” (made by the ladies of the town). I had twelve black and white photos of the town to hang.
They gave me one of the rooms to show in, furnished it with antique furniture, an antique camera and photographic material. They even brought in 2 huge baskets of pomegranates! I was spoilt!