The Trevi Fountain!
The Trevi Fountain (Italian: Fontana di Trevi), as far as I can tell, is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, Italy, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci. Standing 26.3 metres (86 ft) high and 49.15 metres (161.3 ft) wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world. The fountain has appeared in several notable films, including Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. But more on that later…
Bridges spanning water, a breath-taking metaphor (especially when spanning the Tiber River, Roma, Italy) which opens your soul to the idea of reaching people who may be different than you or, at the very least, on the other side of a canal. And to have the opportunity to bring that rich metaphor of being able to cross divides (specifically rivers) to your eyes now, here, is a gift photography has given me and for which I am thankful.
Off the top of my head, Ponte Sisto is a bridge in Rome’s historic centre, spanning the river Tiber. It connects Via dei Pettinari in the Rione of Regola to Piazza Trilussa in Trastevere. The construction of the current bridge occurred between 1473 and 1479, and was commissioned by Pope Sixtus IV (r. 1471-84), after whom it is named, from the architect Baccio Pontelli, who reused the foundations of a prior Roman bridge, the Pons Aurelius, which had been destroyed during the early Middle Ages. Currently traffic on the bridge is restricted to pedestrians. But that’s as much as I could tell you without looking it up. If you were to do an online internet web search using a website search engine for images, you might see these very photographs created in a similar fashion. This might make you think that I, as a professional (unpretentious) photographer, am not an original. But that’s downright stupid thinking, stupid. Don’t be so stupid. Firstly, how am I supposed to change the look of a freaking bridge??! Really. It’s going to look how it looks. And as far as the perspective, angles, POV (point of view), etc? Ever heard of “two great minds”, moron? Maybe this is just proof of how BRILLIANT I am because I take pictures that other great photographers take, you stupid idiot!
Sorry, I may have gotten a little defensive there.
These three Asian angels were seen at the Trevi Fountain taking a selfie (well, for one of them it was a selfie, the other two were just part of the one’s selfie). I had the pleasure to talk with them and learn much about them. These girls wouldn’t tell me their Chinese names (nor did they ever admit to being Chinese), but they did share their English names with me (left to right): Justine, Helen and Bubbly.
What a rich conversation and exciting experience to learn where these women had traveled from and what they had experienced. All three of them (right to left: Bubbly, Helen and Justine) said they had traveled from their homes and taken a plane at some point. When asked what life was like in their hometown(s), they said, “Pretty typical for the area”.
Oh, I was so eager to learn more and had many questions for the trio (middle, left and then right: Helen, Tina and Bubbs)! “What do you eat in your country?” “What are your movies like?” “What did your schooling entail?” Each question was met with revealing shrugs and bashful slinking off into the crowd.
“Can you at least tell me where you got the selfie stick, T (short for Tina which is short for Justine)?!” I called as they were disappearing.
“That guy over there,” she pointed with her eyes, not turning around fully.
Sure enough, there was a guy who looked to be of African descent hawking selfie sticks. He looked worn out despite his upbeat persona. There were lines in his face from life and his shirt was clean, but tattered. What stories he must have.
I turned to find the three girls (right, left, middle: Bubbles, Teen Teen and Helly Welly), but they were gone. They had taught me so much about myself.
And here’s a little more about Trevi Fountain (at least another pic):