The Art of Shinjo Ito in Florence, Italy

Wandering through Florence one night we saw this from the road:

I took a gang of shots and even attempted to bracket my shots and create a HDR image.(more on that later) We came back the next day and saw that the show was in town and proceeded to find the gallery because it looked like this would be dope! Details »

Sketches of David


We spent an afternoon in Florence @ the Galleria dell’Accademia and I spent most of that time sketching Michelangelo’s David. Great afternoon. We met a family there, a young girl with her parents. The father was an architect. Originally, he came out of school as an engineer, but went back to follow his passion of being an architect later in life. He had a great story of following your passion and seemed to be at peace there with his daughter and patient wife who kinda hung around on the sidelines.

He and his daughter were there sketching and observing as I was. Curiosity got the best of both of us and eventually we were near enough to see what we both were doing. The daughter, about 8 years old, struck up a conversation with me and I showed her my sketches and she showed me her sketchbook. She was quite good. There were even some images in there that she and her father did together. They would pass the sketchbook back and forth until they had created a character or scene. How cool is that! Sounds like great fun and I would love to be able to share something like that with my child some day.

At one point we were the last folk in the gallery, just us and David.