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The last 24 hours of the trip was all travel. It was sad to leave. I was operating on a crazy productivity level. These are the only things I could really photograph during the last segment of the trip. We took the night train from Firenze S.M.N. to Roma Termini and went out one last night in Rome before leaving. We took the subway from Termini to Colosseo and had a great dinner at Luzzi and a stroll. The next morning, we headed out early. Getting back to New York was a train to a plane and was actually really easy. Once we landed in JFK, we took the subway back home which seemed more than appropriate.


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The next day, it rained on and off but we had more time to relax and not rush through anything. All I really wanted to see was the MNAF, Museo Nazionzle Alinari della Fotografia, a relatively newer museum in Florence, and eat at this place called Mario’s that I had read so much about. The Carlo Mollino exhibition was really well done but the highlight of the photo museum was the vintage camera collection and the plates on view. Afterwards, we headed north to San Lorenzo to Mario’s, waited for an hour, but it may have been one of the best meals of my life, Florentine steak and linguine ragu. Bonkers. I pushed myself physically, but it was worth it. We headed on, checked out the Salvatore Ferragamo exhibit, and the open markets. My lens kept fogging up but made for some cool effects. Just strolled around. Earlier that day, I was reading about a blind accordion player shot by Walker Evans, and his complete unawareness to the fact he was being photographed regardless of whether Evans had the camera hidden beneath his suit or not, due to his physical condition. I’m still thinking about this in my pictures.

All images copyright James Ryang 2009

Getting out of Venice was like a reality TV challenge. All public transportation was cancelled. There was an annual rowing race going on that morning which everyone in Venice failed to mention. Keren and I ended up having to run with our luggage about 5 miles from San Marco to the train station. We obviously missed our train but no deal. Upon arriving in Florence, the rain was dying down and it was starting to get nice out. We walked around the Duomo, looked at sunglasses, inappropriate aprons, sculptures in the piazza, and note: the creepy white cupid man-child scaring the life out of that little girl. After, we headed to the Uffizi and spent a few hours strolling through. Afterwards, we had a panini at ‘Ino, the “Marlow & Sons” on Florence, I guess, basically local and awesome. But dinner was out of control. Holy bananas. This place Trattoria Marione’s was the jam. And of course, ice cream after; no will power.

All images copyright James Ryang 2009