My Semester Photographing Roma

Pope Francis gives his first Easter Message from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, Sunday, March 31, 2013, Vatican City, Rome

Pope Francis gives his first Easter Message from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, Sunday, March 31, 2013, Vatican City, Rome

 

Here are some of my best shots that I took this semester in my Photojournalism: On Location in Rome course.  I definitely had a lot to photograph with all of the historical events that took place over the course of the semester in the Eternal City.  The last two images below and also the image of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on his pope mobile are currently being featured at a photography exhibit at John Cabot University.  I learned a lot this semester about photography and I was in one of the best places in the world to learn how take good quality images.  News happens every second of every day in Italy’s capital city as well as thousands of other stories that often go unnoticed.  I have had so much fun photographing Rome while at the same time getting to know my home away from home even better.  The rest of my images will be up on Flickr soon.

I am almost depressed to report that I have just over one week left in Rome.  It seems like I’ve been here forever but at the same time the time has really flown by with all that has happened between the pope’s resignation and the controversial Italian elections in addition to the weekend trips I’ve taken.  Even though I have final exams this coming week, I am still going to make one last strong push to see some things that I still want to see and to enjoy this beautiful city as the weather is just starting to hit an uptick.  Even though I have been here for nearly four months, and have been making an effort to see as much as I can see, I will leave here next week not having seen everything because of all this city has to offer.  I knew that this would be the case before I even arrived in Rome, but now that I am facing the reality I am sad that some of Rome’s treasures will be missed out on.

Some of you may or may not know that Italy is currently without a government, and we have been living with a “caretaker” for over 50 days.  Rather than explaining everything here, I have created a separate tab at the top of the home page to explain what the current state of the elections are and what is happening for anyone who is interested.  What you should know is that the Italian government is basically in crisis and if a new government is not formed soon, the world economy could take a big hit.

Tomorrow morning I will be jetting off to my last trip outside of Italy this semester.  I will be going to visit my friend Kelly who is studying abroad in Scotland this semester.  We will be staying in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city and voted one of the best cities in the world to visit, for tomorrow and Saturday.  The big allure of this trip for me is that I will be getting to see exactly where Harry Potter began.  I will be visiting the cafes in Edinburgh where author J.K. Rowling started writing about “the boy who  lived” and possibly see the castle where the eight movie franchise was filmed too!!  Edinburgh is a fantastic city filled with castles and royalty.  Every August, the city hosts the largest performing arts festival in the world which draws huge crowds and performers.  This will be my first trip to Scotland but my second trip to the U.K. (I went to London during my senior year of high school). Enjoy the images below and more posts are coming soon!

 

 

 

Pope Francis rides around St. Peter's Square following his first Easter Sunday Mass as pontiff, Sunday, March 31, 2013, Vatican City, Rome

Pope Francis rides around St. Peter’s Square following his first Easter Sunday Mass as pontiff, Sunday, March 31, 2013, Vatican City, Rome
Panoramic shot of Rome skyline from Botanical Gardens in Trastevere, Rome

Panoramic shot of Rome skyline from Botanical Gardens in Trastevere, Rome

Lemon tree in the Botanical Gardens in Trastevere, Rome

Lemon tree in the Botanical Gardens in Trastevere, Rome

A bee pollinates a flower at the Botanical Gardens in Trastevere, Rome

A bee pollinates a flower at the Botanical Gardens in Trastevere, Rome

A girl plays with a dog in St. Peter's Square during the Inauguration Mass of Pope Francis on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, Vatican City, Rome

A girl plays with a dog in St. Peter’s Square during the Inauguration Mass of Pope Francis on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, Vatican City, Rome

The crowd watches Pope Francis give his homily at his Inauguration Mass on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, Vatican City, Rome

The crowd watches Pope Francis give his homily at his Inauguration Mass on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, Vatican City, Rome

The Trevi Fountain at night, a must-see in Rome

The Trevi Fountain at night, a must-see in Rome

Pope Francis and the College of Cardinals make their first appearance to the world on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica following the papal conclave, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, Vatican City, Rome

Pope Francis and the College of Cardinals make their first appearance to the world on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica following the papal conclave, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, Vatican City, Rome

A group of girls at the statue of St. Peter in St. Peter's Square following the resignation announcement of Pope Benedict XVI

A group of girls at the statue of St. Peter in St. Peter’s Square following the resignation announcement of Pope Benedict XVI

View of St. Peter's Square

View of St. Peter’s Square

A boy sits by one of the fountains in St. Peter's Square

A boy sits by one of the fountains in St. Peter’s Square

Once Pope Benedict XVI shocked the Catholic world with his resignation, media from around the world flocked to Rome and took over the area in and around Vatican City.  This shot is at the head of Via Della Concilizione, in front of Castel St. Angelo.

Once Pope Benedict XVI shocked the Catholic world with his resignation, media from around the world flocked to Rome and took over the area in and around Vatican City. This shot is at the head of Via Della Concilizione, in front of Castel St. Angelo.

A portrait of a butcher at the Testacchio Market in Rome

A portrait of a butcher at the Testacchio Market in Rome

Pope Benedict rides on his pope mobile in St. Peter's Square following his last General Audience on Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Pope Benedict rides on his pope mobile in St. Peter’s Square following his last General Audience on Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A vendor with her dog at the open air market in Campo de Fiori in Rome

A vendor with her dog at the open air market in Campo de Fiori in Rome

A hat vendor displaying a wide variety of eye-catchy colored hats at the open air market in Campo de Fiori in Rome

A hat vendor displaying a wide variety of eye-catchy colored hats at the open air market in Campo de Fiori in Rome

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