Frames for Blue Paintings

This is an ode to the silhouettes of the rooflines of some of central Italy’s most picturesque hilly towns. Like my previous post, I invite you to think about something that isn’t there. Let’s talk about negative space.

Negative space is the residual of occupied space, but does not equate to empty space. However, it’s often perceived as such. Consequently, the occupied space gets our attention. This is not a bad thing, occupied space obviously can be very interesting. You, for example, are a very beautiful representation of occupied space (writer winks at reader). And so is, as I found, Italian medieval and Renaissance architecture. But traveling through Italy made me realise something else. It made me appreciate the negative space of architecture so much more. And I pursue to convince you of the same by going on a short photographic trip to three Italian towns. Let’s visit Urbino, Perugia and Siena, and take a look at their incredibly attractive negative space.

These Italian towns have historical architectural centers. Narrow streets with buildings close together, going up four or five floors, as they evolved along with the city.


The streets being like that is a godsend for any traveler not familiar with a proper mediterranean summer.


There’s almost no case when not one side of the street is in shade.


This also means you can look above you with no threat of being blinded by the sun.


So when you eventually follow a drainage pipe all the way up, and you squint against the light,


you notice something.


Looking through your eyelashes, as the buildings disappear,


it’s actually the space between the buildings that becomes the subject of your gaze.










2 thoughts on “Frames for Blue Paintings

  1. Daniel says:

    Turn around the very first picture of this story: who or what is she? (Freud frequented italy/tuscany where’s the subconscience was seen: hidden behind a terryfing void Freud saw the demons of one’s youth.) beatiful pictures


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