While our life and work is centered in the hills of Umbria, our world is much broader. In over two decades of living, traveling, working and creating we have made friends in many places and had the opportunity to catch a glimpse of some of the many worlds that make up our planet. From herding goats in Umbria to preparing fufu in a Togolese backyard to respectfully swimming with turtles in the Caribbean we try to witness the beauty and complexity of our island of blue in the empty vastness of space. While it is incumbent on each of us to reduce our impact on the environment, it is also important to document the variety that surrounds us and allow future generations to experience them.
“Why have you come here, why this of all places?” Even after 13 years of living in Umbria, people keep asking us this question. The answer is simple: Because we like hiking in the green hills; we enjoy picking fresh wild fruits and plants in the woods; we love the arts and culture this region has to offer; and we wouldn't want to live without its great food, the smell of truffles on pasta, the taste of freshly pressed olive oil and rich red wine.
We came to Central Italy to hang our hats. But also to have a place to take off from and go back to. After all, we met in 2000 in Bamako, Mali. Since then we have been continuing to discover new places in two, then in three and finally in four. Our daughters have been experienced travelers since the day they were born. It's only reasonable that they gave us the idea for our current adventure: A 10-week double cross-country road trip to solar-eclipsing US.
Retracing the epic trip of Scottish adventurer Mungo Park in Senegal and Mali; visiting a little girl whose Umbrian home town of Norcia was haunted by an angry monster – the series of earthquakes that hit Central Italy in the summer and fall of 2016; or writing book summaries, reviews and regular blog posts for getAbstract: writing about people, places, and points in question that matter to most of us.
It is easy to become jaded about the world that surrounds us. When pursued with the right ethos, photography can be a way to bring attention on the many little stories taking place in our environment.