Italy - Andiamo! - Kelly Barber

Capturing My Italy

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Andiamo! Capturing My Italy by Kelly Barber

Andiamo! Capturing My Italy by Kelly Barber [©Hardie Grant Books]


Kelly Barber is a Melbourne-based photographer and designer, and owner of a successful business that transforms clients' personal photograph collections into exquisitely-bound one-off special edition books. After capturing the memories of her clients for so long, she was inspired to publish her own book, Andiamo! Capturing My Italy.

Andiamo! is a richly illustrated visual tour that captures the unique charm of Italy with candid glimpses of Florence, Rome, Siena and other beautiful Italian destinations revealing Barber's unusual and arresting view of this incredible country.

Barber's love affair with Italy started with Renaissance study at school and through the beautifully layered images we follow Barber on her discovery of Italy. “I'd always imagined that travelling to a foreign country solo was for the brave and, well, the stupid. Italy proved me wrong,” she says. "When I finally stood in the Sistine Chapel I wept quietly at the realisation of a most precious, private dream."

Lively anecdotes trace her experiences of the culture, landscape and locals, and evoke all of the senses - from Barber's feelings of bewilderment on her arrival at Rome airport and the heady feelings of chaos invoked by the bustling city streets, to the absolute joy felt by sailing the turquoise waters around Sicily, inhaling the salty Tyrrhenian Sea. "The endless water view washed over my senses and returned me to the here and now. No yesterday, no tomorrow."

From images of brilliant red post boxes against a burnt ochre wall in the evening sun to a mosaic of painted tiles embedded in a Sorrento pavement,  Andiamo! is a vibrant collection of wonderful stolen moments.

Barber's striking photography captures both the incidental and the obvious in a refreshing new light, and her observations and reflections move us to laughter and tears as she shares her personal journey through this enchanting country. "I walked around and shot the surface detail, trying to capture their different characters. I likened the different regions to gelati flavours: Siena was hazelnut; Bologna peach."

A beautiful little gift in a small, affordable format, Andiamo! is perfect for the armchair traveller and anyone with a love of Italy.


Andiamo! by Kelly Barber is published by Hardie Grant Books (2008; pb) RRP $29.95. Subscribers and Members of and Winepros Archive can purchase Andiamo! from our book partners Seekbooks at 12.5% discount off RRP (postage extra).


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