Italy Pulls Me Back In

January 15, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Italy Pulls Me Back In

I’d been to Italy before as part of my personal Walkabout, but as anyone who’s visited this land of stupendous beauty before, Italy has a way of pulling you back to its narrow alleys, timeless monuments and glorious food. And so, in June 2017, I found myself basking in the sights and flavors of Asti, Venice, Milan, and Rome.


IMG_6463-EditIMG_6463-Edit Italy isn’t known for one thing above all others, but for many wine will be near the top of the list. To me, vineyards like this one in Asti form a distinct connection between the earthiness of the Italian countryside and the cool sophistication of al fresco dining in a bustling piazza.


IMG_6479-EditUnderground wine cellarsThe historical underground wine cellars of Coppo are a UNESCO World Heritage site: a prestigious recognition that fills Coppo with pride. They are part of the network of Underground Cathedrals, a temple of wine dedicated to its history and the hard work of man. Built beginning in the late 18th century, initially intended as small cellars to conserve wine, they were expanded from 1800-1900 to what they are today. The historical wine cellars of Coppo extend under the hill of Canelli for a total of 5 thousand square meters (16400 ft) and a depth that reaches 40 meters (130 ft) Like something out of Edgar Allen Poe, these wine casks are stored in ancient cellars in Asti. I liked the contrast between the gleaming casks and rough cellar walls, the warmth of the wood and chill of the stone.


IMG_6581-EditIMG_6581-Edit Here I am enjoying a stroll through the staggering Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan. The Galleria is less a mall and more a miniature, indoor town, its streets and shops crowned by a glass-paneled sky.


IMG_6612-EditIMG_6612-Edit Nearly six centuries in the making, the Milan Cathedral [Duomo Milano] is the largest church in Italy and the third largest in the world. Bristling with spires, it is both imposing and somehow delicate, like an impregnable fort built of hardened lace.


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They say "Third time's a charm" so I guess I will be back once more. Here I am on the rooftop of the Duomo Milano two years later and the renovations are still underway. Maybe next timeI will get the chance to get a pic with the rooftop back to its original look.


IMG_6624IMG_6624 Nope, unfortunately, the Audi isn’t mine, just a rental, but it was nice to cruise around Milan like a star for a couple days.


IMG_6671-EditIMG_6671-Edit When in Milan, a glass of wine by the canal  in the art district [Milano Navigli] is an absolute must.


IMG_6732-EditIMG_6732-Edit I love Venice, but I especially love Venice at dusk, when the entire city seems reflected in its famous canals.


IMG_6736-EditIMG_6736-Edit Here, I used a long exposure to blur visitors in Venice piazza. I like that, instead of creating a hectic image, the people here seem almost ghostly, as though they all came and went without a sound.



IMG_6778-Edit-Edit-Edit'Support"Temporary sculpture in the heart of Venice. The artwork, titled Support, shows two huge hands emerging from the canal to "support" the historic Ca' Sagredo Hotel in such a way that they appear to be preventing the 14th-century building from sinking into the water. But the hands can also be seen as powerful enough to dismantle and drag down the building, should they choose to — a dual representation intended to represent the power of human beings "to love, to hate, to create, to destroy Here, we can see Lorenzo Quinn’s colossal sculpture of hands reaching from within the Venice canal to push up against the walls of the Ca’ Sagredo Hotel. Titled Support, the temporary installation was created for the Venice 2017 Biennale and is meant to bring awareness to climate change and the resulting rise of ocean levels.


Vatican City GardenVatican City Garden One of the newest addition to the Vatican Museums in Rome, Arnaldo Pomodoro’s Sphere Within Sphere has an enigmatic, Steampunk look to it.






IMG_6985IMG_6985 Though crammed with monumental features, St Peter’s Basilica is also brimming with wonderful details, from ornate cupolas and fountains to the statues of various saints overlooking the whole.




IMG_7223-Edit-EditIMG_7223-Edit-Edit Likely one of the most photographed sites in Italy (if not the world), I simply couldn’t resist creating a few of my own images of the Coliseum.



Anyone who has visited Trevi Fountain knows that, in addition to being absolutely stunning, it is also perpetually surrounded by visitors tossing coins over their shoulders and into its waters. It took me a long time to get this shot—moving from one vantage point to the next, struggling to find the perfect tourist-free angle—but I finally got it, and I like to think it was worth the effort.


IMG_7086-EditIMG_7086-Edit One of my favorite things about Italy is that, no matter how crowded with tourists it might get, there’s always a way to escape the madness, to find yourself alone in a quiet piazza, a shaded alley, or, as in this image, overlooking sunny Roman rooftops.



I’m sure it’ll come as no surprise that I would highly recommend a trip to Italy—any part of the country will have you falling in love with its warmth, history and style—or maybe you’ve already been won over by the country’s charms with a visit of your own. Either way, you may want to bring some of its beauty home with one of the images featured above; each is available for sale here along with the many other images from my Walk About Series.


Michele-Anne Hamilton is a Commercial, Advertising, Real-Estate & Travel Photographer from Kingston, Jamaica.

This post is a part of her Walk-About series where she shares her travel experiences.

All landscape, travel photos are available for sale as digital products or as for more info or visit


More from her Walk-About Series

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Walk-About (Italy, Greece, Belgium, Switzerland)

25 Things to See and Do On the Eastern Coast of Australia

Perspectives on Paris and the Eiffel Tower

Forever I will Walk-About


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Perspectives on Paris and the Eiffel Tower

November 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Perspectives on Paris and the Eiffel Tower



On a recent trip to Paris, I—or at least my camera—was drawn to the Eiffel Tower, arguably the city’s most iconic monument. I photographed the Arc de Triomphe and Le Louvre, of course, but I returned to Gustave Eiffel’s masterpiece again and again.



Completed in 1889 and Standing 324 meters tall, the Eiffel Tower stands like a sentinel over Paris. For decades, the tower was the tallest man-made structure in the world and remains the tallest in Paris.



Parks and green spaces are spread throughout the Champ de Mars and surround the Eiffel Tower, allowing me to take this shot that omits nearly all other signs of civilization. Though a popular tourist attraction, the tower is so iconic and looms so large that it is still possible to feel as though you’re the only one to gaze upon it.





Illuminated and reflected in one of the many pools that dot the Champ de Mars, the Eiffel Tower looks nearly weightless, as though strung together with a latticework of lights rather than steel.


The Pont Alexandre III spans the Seine and is watched over by the four Renommées, or Fames. Here, the statue of the Renommées des Arts (Fame of the Arts) is set off by the clear blue Paris sky.



Absolutely massive yet undeniably beautiful, the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile (the Triumphal Arch of the Star) looks as though it would survive long after humanity has gone. Yet another iconic landmark of Paris, a city crammed with iconic landmarks, the Arc de Triomphe stands at the center of the so called Axe Historique, or Historical Axis, with twelve avenues radiating from this focal point. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier lies under the arch, which served as the location of several military parades and Bastille Day celebrations.



Paris isn’t called the City of Lights for nothing. Here, night having fallen, the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile is illuminated both by city lights and the lights of passing cars, combining implacable stillness with streaming motion, while juxtaposing modernity and timelessness.



A stylized version of the previous image of the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, further accentuating the interplay between the ancient and the modern that suffuses much of Paris.



Though smaller and lesser known than the iconic Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is actually older than its more famous sister and a magnificent example of Corinthian architecture in its own right. Located in Paris’s Place du Carrousel, the arch is a riot of detail.



Another Paris landmark made all the more spectacular through illumination. Serving as the entrance to the Louvre Museum, the Louvre Pyramid was designed by I.M. Pei and consists of over 670 glass panels. Here, the Pyramid appears to contain an explosion of light, as though if a single one of those panels were removed, the light within would flood the entire city.



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10 Reasons to Use Photographs In Your Office

August 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

10 Reasons to Use Photographs In Your Office


Whether establishing a new workplace or sprucing up an existing space, using photographs in your office is a simple and effective way to bring extra value to your décor. Carefully selected, high quality photographs can define your company’s image and brand all while impressing clients and improving your employees’ work experience.

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The following are ten reasons why you should include photographs in your office décor.


Create a bond with your clients

Clients like to know that their service providers understand them. Decorating your office space with images that demonstrate such an understanding can go a long way to building client trust. Photographs that resonate directly with your clients show that you know and care about them and their life experiences. This requires research into your target market and key demographics, but it’s worthwhile, and research you will likely have already done. If your target demographic is young, you might include photos featuring themes and activities with a more youthful feel. If your clients are predominantly rural, include photos of daily life on a farm or of small town living.


Highlight business values

In this day and age, it is no longer enough to have personal values. Clients, customers and the public at large want to know that businesses and companies care and have values, as well. Through carefully chosen photographs, you can highlight your own business values around your office or work space. From images of children, animals or nature, to family portraits or local heroes, photographs can help show what and who you care about and stand for as a company.


Set your business apart

Well-chosen photos can do for your office what carefully selected fashion accessories can do for an outfit. Just as a man can set his suit apart from all the other office workers with a colorful pocket square or unique tie bar, you can differentiate your office from all the others with photographs. Photographs can tell a story, project an image, or inspire a feeling that is entirely unique to your company or place of business.


Define your brand

Effective branding has never been more important. Your brand is your company’s face and voice, and it must not only be recognizable and memorable, it must be well developed and consistent. The right photographs can help project and promote your brand in a unique and subtle way. Photographs can inspire feelings, create a tone, even elicit memories, all of which can be associated with your brand. Your product or services can also be included—subtly or explicitly—in the photographs, further strengthening the connection between the image and your brand.


Project professionalism

Photographs, properly selected, framed and displayed, can project professionalism in an office. They demonstrate an attention to detail, an understanding that image matters, and a willingness to spend money and energy where it matters. When carefully arranged, tasteful photos can also camouflage imperfections in your office, hiding blemishes on the walls or cracks in the paint and otherwise lending a polished, professional look to what may be an older or less luxurious space. Similarly, photographs can add to an already established atmosphere, enhancing and complementing existing décor.


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Showcase local or independent talent

Businesses with close ties to their community are always well regarded. Hanging photos featuring local or independent talent is one way to create, build and subtly proclaim those bonds with the local community. For example, you might include photos of local entertainers, or photos taken by a local photographer. Even if the subject or artist isn’t local, featuring independent creative can also serve to project a civic-minded and supportive image.


Showcase local or related landmarks

If your company is located in a particular city, feature photos of famous or otherwise interesting spots around town. This helps strengthen the association between your company and the city, all while demonstrating pride in your home base. Similarly, if your company or business has ties to another city or part of the world, photos of these locations will highlight that connection. A mix can also be used, with photos of local landmarks hanging next to photos of your head office location.


Drive creativity and reduce stress

It has been demonstrated that time spent surrounded by nature can both increase creativity and reduce stress. Luckily, it isn’t necessary to hike a mountain or take a walk in the woods to enjoy these benefits. Simply viewing images of nature can similarly boost creative thinking while lowering stress. Photos of nature scenes in your office can lead to more creative and relaxed employees. Likewise, such photographs can help put visitors and clients at ease, even if only subconsciously.


Build employee pride and loyalty

In surveys of current and future workers, one thing stands out amongst all others: meaning at work. Employees today want to know that their work means something. Showcasing images that create or highlight a connection between your industry, company or business and good works can help foment that sense of meaning and pride in your employees. If your company has a positive impact—big or small, direct or tangential—using photographs to highlight and reinforce these beneficial outcomes with your employees on a day to day basis. Employees who feel that their work has meaning, and that they have contributed to these good works, will feel more pride in their work and loyalty for their employer.


Impress without saying a word

We’re all familiar with the old but no-less accurate saying: a photo is worth a thousand words. This is especially true in a business setting. Photographs can say volumes about your company and product without a single word being spoken. Having to list your company’s accomplishments to a prospective client or employee might feel uncouth, like bragging. Photos can do the bragging for you, promoting your brand and accomplishments without your having to sing your own praises. Visitors to your office will know, with a single glance, exactly who they are dealing with.



A thousand words

There is no longer any escaping the fact that image counts. Including art in your office makes for a more pleasant and professional workplace, all while defining your company’s image by better defining and promoting its brand and values. Photographs in your office can be tailored and even changed over time and bring value to your clients, your employees and your company as a whole.


Andre Farant


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25 Things to See and Do On the Eastern Coast of Australia

January 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Australia is sometimes referred to as ‘Oz’, and like that literary wonderland, the country is a place full of magic and splendor. On a recent trip, I was lucky enough to explore the Brisbane and the Gold Coast, as well as Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Below are just a few of the wonderful sights the region has to offer.


King George Square 

King George Square is the site of the main entrance to the Kind George Square Busway Station, as well as Brisbane City Hall, its columned facade and clock tower peeking out from behind the station entrance.

King George Square StationKing George Square StationKing George Square Station at King George Square - Brisbane City


Shrine of Remembrance

The sun shines down on Brisbane’s Shrine of Remembrance, a touching tribute to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

MemorialMemorialMemorial, Brisbane City


Southbank Walkway – Brisbane River

There’s a reason why Brisbane is known as the River City: The Brisbane River offers a welcome mix of urban modernity and rejuvenating greenspace. While gleaming structures of glass and steel tower over its banks, the river’s waters are dotted with kayakers and lined with lovely, tree-shaded walking paths.


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Roma Street Parklands 

The largest subtropical urban garden in the world, the Roma Street Parklands is criss-crossed with shaded paths leading to spectacular flower arrangements and beautiful art installations. Birds sing from the trees while families walk amongst the gardens.

At the park’s open air Amphitheater, you might catch members of the Queensland Theatre Company reciting Shakespeare.

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Brisbane Sunset

Brisbane’s beauty only grows as the sun dips to the horizon.

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Brisbane Cityscape

Brisbane has a multi-faceted appeal, mixing a growing art scene, sophisticated café culture, and energetic nightlife with unique architecture, sprawling parks and the languid beauty of the Brisbane River. All of this, and Brisbane also acts as the ideal gateway to the Gold Coast’s many natural gifts.

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Brisbane Night Traffic

Brisbane traffic streaks through the night. Sometimes the best way to slow down is to simply watch the world speed by.

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Brisbane Streets

Brisbane’s nightlife buzzes with an energy all its own, from charming pubs and trendy clubs to live-music venues and the simple pleasures of strolling through darkened but still welcoming neighborhoods.

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Story Bridge

In addition to connecting Brisbane center with Kangaroo Point, Story Bridge is routinely illuminated at night, its steel structure transformed into incandescent art.

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Brisbane Wheel

A glowing pinwheel at night, riding the Brisbane Wheel offers spectacular views of the city.

Brisbane Wheel at SouthbankBrisbane Wheel at Southbank


Wellington Point 

Located just minutes from Brisbane, Wellington Point is popular with local families, and it’s easy to see why. The area is absolutely dripping with natural beauty, making it the perfect spot for a picnic or seaside stroll.

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Brisbane Plane Wreck

This Airlines of Australia Stinson Model A crashed in 1937 on route from Brisbane to Sydney. Tragically two passengers and the two pilots were killed, but three other passengers survived. In better shape than his companions, one of the three headed out to find help, but fell off a cliff.

The remaining two survivors, John Proud and Joseph Binstead, were eventually found, nearly two weeks later, by Bernard O’Reilly, who’d gone looking for the craft upon hearing of its disappearance.

Upon seeing O’Reilly, Proud and Binstead shook his hand and asked about the cricket scores.

A reconstruction of the plane can be seen at O'Reilly's National Park.

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Gold Coast

Australia’s Gold Coast offers adventure for the whole family, from endless beaches and surfing to amusement parks and hiking among its parks. Cruise its shores or canals, lounge on the sand or at a sidewalk café, the Gold Coast is all about enjoying the outdoors.

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Gold Coast Whale Migration and Whale Watching

Humpback whales migrate north from Antarctica, breaching to spout water, take a breath and duck back under the surface with a mighty beat of their massive flukes. Seeing these gentle cetaceans breaking through the waves is an awe-inspiring experience.

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Parrot – Gold Coast

Australia is home to a variety of parrot and cockatoo species, like this little guy who seems to have flown straight out of a pirate movie.

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Blue Mountains Walk

Australia’s Blue Mountains region is an absolutely magical place, offering spectacular views and the chance to get up close and personal with wildlife.

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Three Sisters Rock – Blue Mountains 

Looming over the Jamison Valley, the iconic Three Sisters were formed by land erosion, but an Aborigine legend offers a more colorful origin for the unusual formations.

According to legend, three sisters, members of the Katoomba tribe, fell in love with three men of the nearby Nepean tribe. Unfortunately, according to local law, the women were not permitted to marry and, furious, the three men set out to simply kidnap their chosen brides, triggering a war between the two tribes.

To protect them from being killed in the battle, a local elder turned them to stone. The elder himself, however, was killed and no other member of either tribe knew how to turn the sisters back to flesh and bone. To this day, the Three Sisters stand, stone sentinels looking out over their former home.    

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Around two hours from of the iconic landmarks of The Blue Mountains..... (Include the aboriginal story about these unusual formations - google search)
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Wallaby – Roo – Blue Mountains

This little guy, a wallaby, calls the Blue Mountains home. I named him Roo.

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Natural Bridge Arch – Springbrook National Park

Though this Natural Bridge Arch is one of Springbrook National Park’s most iconic sights, the park also features ancient beech trees that form a dense canopy over waterfalls, streams and gorges. Less than hour from the Gold Coast, Springbrook offers the chance to explore some of the oldest sections of Australia’s Gondwana Rainforests.

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Bush Walking


Sydney Harbour Bridge

Nicknamed ‘The Coathanger’, Sydney Harbour Bridge seems to catch fire as the sun sets over the city.

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Sydney Opera House

Familiar to nearly anyone and everyone, the Sydney Opera House is one of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks and a genuine architectural marvel.

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Lucas Caves – New South Wales

Just west of the Blue Mountains, Lucas Caves, part of the Jenolan Caves, was discovered in 1860 and features a magnificent Cathedral that rises over 160 feet in height and is used for wedding ceremonies. Lucas Caves is one of the most popular and spectacular caves in the Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve.

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Darling Harbour 

Night or day, Sydney’s Darling Harbour is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll.

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Wallabies – Binna Burra – New South Wales 

Smaller than kangaroos, wallabies are found throughout Australia, but I spotted these guys in Bunna Burra, New South Wales.

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Hollow Tree

From the outside, hollow trees are a source of mystery, while from within, they turn the whole world into a storybook land.

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From Brisbane to Sydney and everything in between, Australia's Western Coast offers plenty of opportunity for a trip of a lifetime.



In Loving Memory of My Grandmother : Dorothy Theresa Patterson (Dec 7th 1927 - Jan 16th 2017)

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Michele-Anne Hamilton is a Commercial, Advertising, Real-Estate & Travel Photographer from Kingston, Jamaica.

This post is a part of her Walk-About series where she shares her travel experiences.

All landscape, travel photos are available for sale as digital products or as for more info or visit


More from her Walk-About Series

Walk-About (London, Guernsey, France)

Walk-About (Italy, Greece, Belgium, Switzerland)

Forever I will Walk-About


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Bacchanal 2016

April 16, 2016  •  Leave a Comment


In between the RUM and the FUN 

Bacchanal Jamaica Carnival 2016

 The Bacchanalia were Roman festivals of Bacchus, the Greco-Roman god of wine, freedom, intoxication and ecstasy.

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