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Via Emilia, Film Photography by Bill Wierzalis

Via Emilia, Film Photography by Bill Wierzalis

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Via Emilia

This is an ancient (187 B.C.) Roman road built for military expansion to the north of Italy. I got there early on a Sunday morning right after the street cleaners had just wet the flagstone. Stepping out into the middle of the street I heard a ding-ding, and turned around just as the man flew by me. This was my first and only shot.

Dimensions: 8"x10"

About the Artist

Shooting with my 1972 Nikkormat 35 mm camera, I embrace the lost art of film processing and printing. I’m keeping it alive by teaching a beginning and an advanced class of color film printing at Full Circle Fine Art Services in Baltimore. With so much digital imagery in the world, my students love the slowness of this hands on process and the mystery of the darkroom.

I’ve been fortunate to share my images and stories with many at art festivals and quite a few ask, “Do you only do photographs from Italy?” I’ll mention that I also have images of Baltimore and when I show them photos of Mt. Vernon Place, they’ll say; “Oh, I thought that was Paris!”