Florence, Tuscany and Venice
A DVD by Ron Rosenstock
From its unique hilltowns with their surrounding landscapes, to its smallest
villages of intimate charm, the beauty of Italy is a gift to any visitor,
especially those who wish to experience that beauty through their own eyes.
For photographers and the culturally -minded, its Renaissance architecture,
its abundance of artworks, valleys and vineyards, hushed cloisters and
church interiors, miraculous canals, not to mention its food and wine, Italy
is a cornucopia of visual treasures.
Insight into three of this country’s jewels -- Florence, Tuscany and
Venice - is offered and well-documented on a new DVD by Ron Rosenstock,
well-known photographer, teacher, author, and leader of photographic and
cultural tours. Over a period of nearly forty years, Ron has lead more than
200 groups to all parts of the world. These “homes away from home” are
places which he knows like the palm of his hand, in the same way that a
native of Venice would navigate through its narrowest alleys without giving
it much thought.
n each of its three chapters, Ron takes his would-be travelers on a
pictorial tour, with commentary, to unusual vantage points otherwise not
seen by the average visitor. His eye for detail finds remarkable
compositions in the facade of Florence’s Duomo; his pathways in Tuscany come
upon vistas of cypress trees, dawn mists and evening colors which take your
breath away; and his nighttime photography is used to startling advantage
along the streets, bridges and canals of Venice. In fact, the section of
color images made on Venice’s nearby island of Burano is a highlight on its
Using a mix of color and black-and-white, film as well as digital, he
entices the viewer into joining him for a photographic trip which can become
the memory of a lifetime. As my wife exclaimed when the DVD came to its
close, “I just want to be there!” You probably will too.
I just wanted to write and to
thank you for producing your Italy Photographic Travelogue. Wow! A great
piece. Having been to many of the areas you feature in your travelogue, I
thought I knew the area. You have made me see it in a whole new light.
Stunning photography with just the right blend of narration, insights and
music. Makes me want to go back right now! I am eagerly awaiting DVD shows
of your other travels.
you again for producing this wonderful piece. Just the thing to help chase
away the winter time blues!
It is clear from this DVD that
Rosenstock is a wise teacher, as well as a marvelous photographer. His
striking photos underscore two of his mantras: light is the photographers
pallet; and, sometimes, in photography, the part is greater than the whole.
His subjects, which range from Florence’s magnificent Duomo, to colorful
laundry hanging on a line in Burano, Venice, bring these assertions to life.
I work at the information desk
in a public library, and I frequently get asked for travel information for
Italy. I can assure you that I am putting this DVD at the top of my list of
Holden Public Library
Ron Rosenstock’s DVD photographic tour of Italy provides a rare pleasure
indeed, not only a rush of joyful memories of my own Italian travels, but
also the opportunity to approach the architecture and landscape of that
beautiful country as seen through the eyes of a true and dedicated artist.
The images are far beyond even very fine travel photos. This is not
surprising considering Rosenstock’s distinguished career: his many exhibits,
his books, and his work’s representation in the permanent collections of
topnotch museums. These photographs are art and as such they provide a
window into the process of the artist who made them as well as a springboard
for the viewer’s personal reactions.
The warmth, enthusiasm, and joy of Ron Rosenstock’s narration are inspiring.
To imagine waking up before dawn to get certain shots or being ever ready
and prepared for a moment’s serendipity begins to draw the possibilities of
the medium to the devoted amateur or to the student who aspires to a career
in photography. Ron’s excitement is palpable and, in turn, is exciting!
Seeing these images of intimate interiors or country landscapes in varied
light and technique presents Italy in an intimate and complex context.
Learning to look and to develop one’s sensibilities as well as technical
skills under the guidance of Ron Rosenstock is sure to result in rewards on
many levels. I recommend highly both the DVD and his travel workshops.
Victoria R. Mulligan
Betty and I have been to Italy
at least 40 or 50 times. Take it from me, you have captured its beauty and
relevance as a respite from this flailing world of ours. Your love for this
marvel was echoed in your images and heard in your reverence on your first
DVD. You are now an indelible part of it all.
The wall between art and
travelogue, as thick and intimidating as the medieval fortress wall
surrounding the city state of San Gimignano, has been breached by possibly
the only fine art photographer capable of doing so. Ron’s love for the art
of photography and his passion for his beloved Italy pours out of every
image and narrative.
After watching the DVD “The
Italy I Love”, I want to pack my bags, grab my camera and take the next
flight to Italy. Ron Rosenstock’s photographs are inspiring, the music
soothing and the narration informative. Having been to Italy before, I
recognized a number of the locations which makes me all the more anxious to
return to photograph them anew. I would recommend this DVD to any
photographer planning a trip to Florence, Tuscany or Venice.