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Posted January 6, 2004
I purchased Tuscany:Inside the Light with the hope of seeing the beauty of a much talked about region of Italy. I expected to see page after page of rich photographs capturing the hilly tapestry that is said to be Tuscany , warm village pastels , beautiful villas set against the fertile colors of the land and skies with clouds that may have inspired rennaissance painters. I thought the photographs in this book might encourage me to want to visit Tuscany but I was left dissapointed. While there are a number of beautiful pages in this book, I found the majority of scenes to be ordinary , lifeless, colorless and harshly overexposed. It would appear that Tuscany is hot,dry,and about as exciting as a November drive through the farmlands of Iowa. Perhaps this was the photographers intent, to capture the ordinary,anyday side of the region. On the positive side, the author does a beautiful job of describing the relationship of the people to their homes and land. She gives you a sense of how old and rich this land is. She does a nice job of breathing some life into what would otherwise be some very ordinary looking photographs of plowed fields , leafless trees , dusty paths and pale skies. Somebody bring me a glass of water.
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