PHOTOGRAPHS - INSIDE CORTONA

PHOTOGRAPHER JEFF CURTO SHARES A COLLECTION OF SUGGESTIVE PHOTOGRAPHS FROM INSIDE THE CITY'S WALLS...

Photographer Jeff Curto, former Chair at the Society for Photographic Education, Professor Emeritus at the College of Dupage in Illinois and this year teaching a course for the University of Georgia's Fall programme in Cortona, has once again shared with us a series photographs - this time a selection of suggestive photos from inside Cortona town itself.
1.     The Little Truck that Could - an Ape struggles its way up Via Berrettini. As slow as he was, my climb was slower.
2.     Anyone who has spent any time in Cortona has at one time or another marveled at a sunset as nightfall approaches over the valley. This image was made from an apartment on Via Maffei. I liked the way the lights in Piazza della Repubblica lit up the tower in nearly the same orange-y hue that the sky had turned and the lights in the valley as they twinkled on.
3.     The Madonna in the little chapel outside of San Cristoforo. I have always been fascinated by the way the light enters through the little window over the door. It changes position over the seasons, but always casts a beautiful circle of illumination on the interior.
4.     The interior of one of my favorite churches in Cortona, San Niccolo. At once rustic and elegant, it’s always peaceful and welcoming. The painted “windows” on the left side mirroring the real windows on the left are just so beautiful, as is the double-sided altarpiece with both sides painted by hometown Renaissance master Luca Signorelli.
5.     Evening falls as clouds blanket the valley, with one illuminated monument (don’t know what it is?) glowing through the cloud cover.
6.     Heading up Via Santucci through the beautiful arch.
7.     San Francesco reflected in the window of a classic Fiat 500 parked along Via Maffei.
8.     When people ask me if any of Cortona’s streets are steep, I usually just show them this photograph of Via Berrettini. No further explanation is needed.
Jeff Curto, 04/10/2023 09:28:32

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