Our still-feels-like-new Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters store at The Millmont Shops affords us the space to share work from local artists. We hope to have a regular rotation of paintings and photographs so please stop by to enjoy. The current works are from Guillermo Ubilla owner of GXU Images, and here are his words:
Thanks to Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters for all of their help in planning the trip and for giving me the chance to display my work. What was my time like in Italy as a traveler and a photographer?
With a camera in my hand, two lenses in my pocket and a laptop in my bag I had the chance to take the trip of a lifetime in 2012 and spend three weeks traveling around Italy. With stops in Venice, Bologna, Tuscany, Florence, Cinque Terre and Rome, I had the opportunity to see many different aspects of Italian life. The length of our trip gave me a chance to focus on photography, and a style/genre of photography I didn’t have much experience in. I returned home not only with a love for Italian wine and cheese, but a new perspective on how I take photographs.
Along with the regular challenges of spending so much time in a country where I didn’t speak the language and a culture I knew very little about, I also challenged myself to try and see Italy differently than a traditional tourist (or at least what I thought of as a traditional tourist). While I still traveled to the standard tourist destinations I tried hard to avoid the ‘postcard’ photographs available in every tourist store. This forced me to try and see a place differently than I would have before. I spent time walking around trying to look on at the back and the side more than the front. When possible, I return to the same location at different times of the day to see it in a different light. I got up close, and then as far away as I could.
In the end, I probably missed a lot of shots (and a lot of sellable work), but the trip taught me to try and see my destination a bit differently, and in the end I have a collection of photos that mean a lot to me. In addition to being wonderful memories of a fantastic trip, they are a reminder to not settle for the postcard, but to try and find the gems that others might have missed.