Postcards from Rome

In News & Stuff, Postcards From..., Travel by David29 Comments


Ciao from Roma! We spent this evening walking through Rome in the rain, the shadows and reflections of this ancient city bounced back at us on the glistening cobbles, as we passed boutiques and wine bars, music and light pouring out of the wine bars. This morning we walked over to Vatican City, and yesterday it was the Colosseum, Pantheon, Forum, and fountains and piazzas too many to recall. What a great city, and a high note to end on. We’ve been on the road for almost 2 months and only now feeling like we’ve found our groove so completely that the idea of home has been reduced to just the two of us, and we take that wherever we go. A couple could get used to this kind of nomadism.

I could also get used to the kind of workshop I did in Venice a couple weeks ago, which is why I went to Florence and came to Rome, to see if these cities are places in which I might like to teach. They are. So much. Details aren’t remotely ready, and I’m not announcing anything just yet, but I am planning 3 one-week intensive workshops next fall in Italy, one in each city: Venice, Florence, and Rome. The workshops will be designed, as my Venice workshop was, to thrust you into a new city and out of your comfort zone. They’ll be created to get you to work on an intentional body of work in a very small group of four peers (that is, there will be only 4 people in the workshop, this isn’t one of those awkard group-activities), and they’ll be by application only. If you’re interested in being the first on the mailing list, leave a comment on this blog post and be sure you leave your email address in the field for that. When the new workshop dates and format are announced, we’ll drop you a line.

One more thing. If you’ve seen this on my Facebook page, forgive the duplication. On November 27 and 28 Craft & Vision is going to have one of those Black Friday sales. Everything will be 50% off. All ebooks, all videos, presets, and even my print book, SEVEN, thought there are only a few of those left. I’m of mixed emotions about being part of the culture of “buy now, buy now!” but we’ll be contributing 20% of our profits to the Red Cross in support of their appeal on behalf of Syrian refugees. There’s so much talk lately about this crisis, so much of it heartbreaking and fearful and I don’t want to be a part of that. We stand on the side of the widows and orphans and the homeless and will not allow politics, religion, or fear-mongering to stand in the way of compassion, and this sale is a chance for us, as a company, to do something more than talk about that. Thanks in advance for your support.

See you when I get back to Canada.


  1. Great shots! Thank you for bringing me to Rome through your awesome pictures! I feel like I was in the same place where you went too! Indeed photography is a creative way of appreciating places!

  2. I’m very interested in your fall workshops. Please add me to the mailing list.

  3. I’m very interesting in your fall workshop in Venice. Please add me to the mailing list.

  4. can’t imagine anything better than being in any Italian city with you next fall David, please let me know when

  5. Given I fully intend to come back in my next life as an Italian or, if that is not possible, try to spend six months living in Florence before I do find out if I have achieved my main goal, I could think of nothing better than being able to spend a week there with some kindred spirits making images, learning and meeting new friends. Please keep me posted!

  6. David, Fabulous images! Would love to be a part of one of your Italy workshops, so please add me to your list.

  7. Great images David… Please share more!
    Also please add me to the list I’d love to revisit all three amazing cities again with a dedicated core team.

  8. I can think of no greater gift in the world than to be able to spend another week, or longer, with the two of you in Italy. Or anywhere, for that matter. Please put me on the list.

  9. Hi David, would definitely love to be on the mailing list for the Italy workshops. Would be fantastic to take part in an intensive with you.

  10. I’ve visited all three of those amazing cities and would love to return with you and a small group of students. Please keep me posted!

  11. David,

    I’ve been an avid reader of yours for a few years now, and was among the first to purchase SEVEN. Even though our styles of photography are different, your writing about it–and life–resonate with my heart and soul in virtually very single post. I would be most honored to be considered for a workshop with you next fall. Venice has been on my list for a few years now (I’m in Lisbon as we speak), and to jaunt through it with you and a select few, like-minded, passionate photographers would be a highlight of my thirties.

    Cheers and safe travels!

  12. I’d love to be on the mailing list for workshop next fall! Really enjoying your travel images.

  13. Put me in the list baby. I’d like to try one of your European workshops…

  14. As I said on Instagram, I love the images you’ve posted from Italy. Was hoping that you would hold more of these intensive workshops and I am very interested in attending one, especially after reading Brian Mataish’s recent newsletter on his experience.

  15. I’m in Venice right now, and wondering why it took me 20 years to return. This city has captivated me! We traveled together to Lalibela two years ago on a WTF trip and I would love to do a small workshop with you in my favorite (western) country. Let me know!

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