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wandering and wondering in Rome | personal

I recently had the opportunity to visit Rome for Lia + Mark’s wedding at the Vatican. I have always been enamored by Europe in general, and Rome was certainly no disappointment. In fact, it’s beginning to rival Paris, Barcelona, and Texarkana (jk) as one of my favorite cities! Next time, I’ll definitely be bringing my lovely wife!

I remember an exhibition that I did in France of some photographs, and how one of my professors commented on the fact that they saw only the old buildings: the ruins, the castles, etc., and it seemed that I had expressly excluded the modern additions of power lines, cars and such. I responded: “I’m showing the France that I want to see.”

This time, I decided to not be so rigid in my composition; and that it is sometimes the juxtaposition of things that are two years of age next to things that date back two millennia could a photograph that much more interesting! So this series of images is a new direction for me: filled with strange juxtapositions, light, interesting focus, and a few landmarks…

Technical details: images were shot on Canon 5DII and 5DIII, using mostly a custom-made 50mm T/S lens: NO fauxtoshop here!! There are a few wide-angle shots (either a 24mm 1.4 or a 17-40mm 4.0) and some also using the Zeiss ZE 50mm 1.4.

Let me know what you think! ~John







  • Joseph R. Bamber - July 26, 2012 - 6:01 pm

    Wow. Wow. John – these are amazing. You definitely need to make some prints and do an art show with these!

  • Tammy Rochelle Bamber - July 26, 2012 - 6:17 pm

    Wow! Incredible photos! It’s almost too much beauty to take in. Congrats!

  • Jenny Perry - July 26, 2012 - 6:38 pm

    Wow John, these are awesome! I am loving the pantheon and vatican city pictures! You did a great job capturing motion in so many of them as well. This makes me want to push myself more and to buy a tripod already!

  • Sarah Becker Lillard - July 27, 2012 - 2:02 pm

    John, these are incredible!

  • Meredith Lewallen Roberts - July 27, 2012 - 2:29 pm

    Is it at all weird that when I saw the first image, I thought, “Hmm… I would love to climb that and sit atop the horse!” These are just gorgeous!

  • Rhonda McKinney Bovine - August 5, 2012 - 1:18 pm

    These are truly great photos of Rome! Have to say I love the way you captured the light in the night shots, and the incredible mix of ancient and modern in the fabulous city of Rome. makes me want to go back…..again.

  • Mark Broussard - August 15, 2012 - 12:15 am

    John! So cool. I just now saw these photographs and was swept back to incredible Rome! I especially like the ones taken at dusk and twilight in St. Peter’s Square. So beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  • Kimberly Doss Lacombe - August 18, 2012 - 2:28 pm

    These pictures are awesome!

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