I was aware that I was merely a guest of the city but, from the start, I felt like a welcomed one. Unlike other popular destinations that seem to have more tourists than people living there, Torino is a home, one defined by a long and proud heritage. It just happens they live among centuries old sparkling palaces, grand cathedrals, wondrous artwork with a wealth of history and culture running through their DNA. Its a lot to be proud of.
As always, it is the people who make your experience memorable. My favorite moments were the early hours as people got on with their lives – on a bike going to work, walking their children to school, shopping in the open market, grabbing another cup of coffee…There was a gracious simplicity and timelessness about that.
Walking to school
Street scene Torino
Piazza San Carlo
Torino bull public fountain
Book stall Via Po
Bike, morning light
Cafe in Torino
Breakfast, Caffe Torino
Evening Via Garibaldi
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Discovering Torino is like opening an age worn jewelry box and finding a pot of gold with layers upon layers of treasure – Baroque treasure to be exact. The deeper you go the more you realize you haven’t begun to scratch the surface.
Pedestal La Consolata Church
La Consolata Church detail
San Carlo Borromeo lamp
San Carlo Borromeo
Palazzo Madama stairway
Piazza San Carlo
San Carlo Borromeo chandalier
Dome of San Lorenzo
San Lorenzo Church detail
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A statue of Constantine stands before San Lorenzo Church, a place of honor for the Roman emperor who issued the Edict of Milan to bring the persecution of Christians to an end.
Scenes from historical downtown Milano.
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Please join me in a preview of my Chinatown Collection of limited edition prints at Louis Pohl Gallery, First Friday March 2. “Views of Chinatown”, a joint showing with artists Hung Kwai Chan and Hitoshi Hida runs from Feb 24 – April 14, 2018. Each of us has our own point of view and interpretation of Chinatown but we were all inspired by her color and beauty.
Come with me and join us in a celebration of Chinatown and the New Year!
Views of Chinatown
First Friday, March 2, 2018
6:00 p m – 9:00 pm
Louis Pohl Gallery, 1142 Bethel Street, Honolulu, Hawaii
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When little Gusti, the cook’s son at Villa Bodhi wasn’t running in circles in his batman cape or feeding the catfish in the lotus pond, he had his face buried in a smart phone, enthralled by American songs, playing crazy games and occasionally laughing out loud at an entertaining Balinese cartoon. After dinner, a father and daughter lost themselves in their phones, fingers punching their screens, avoiding conversation with the rest of us. Finding the virtual world more interesting than the real world, there was no calling them back to be present.
The western influences of the digital world has invaded this traditional world and has clearly captured its youth.
Let’s say its progress?
I’m told the artisans and craftsman that Bali is known for are a quickly vanishing breed. The younger generation is finding interest elsewhere and choosing alternative ways to make a living.
In a muddy backyard of an old antique warehouse I stumbled upon a group of ladies painting fabric in a pair of rustic open air workrooms. Not so long ago these artisans were a common sight in the streets and marketplace, painting and selling their ware, but no longer.
A little girl sat on the paint stained floor of her mother’s workroom. Biding her time while mom finished another hand painted treasure, she played with flowers. I snapped my shutter on her to freeze her in time. She gave me a scowl. “I know”, I said to her silently, “I’m annoying. But remember this.”
Through the looking glass, I imagined a time when the little girl has grown up and the artisans and handcraftsmen are long gone and replaced by computer printing and carving machines. Looking at the art of the day, she remembers a time past and sees the missing element. She draws from the memory of of her mother infusing passion into her paintings – each one different, each one not perfect but shaped with human hand and heart. Inspired by this, she picks up a brush and applies a bold stroke of Bali color to a blank canvas bringing the old tradition back to life again.
Bidding her time on the paint stained workroom floor.
Artisan painting gardens on canvas
The artist’s tools
A garden blooming on canvas, Balinese artisan.
Hand painted wood carving
Antique wood carving
Antique wooden puppet
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