One Moment & Three Lives on a Street Corner in Siracusa, Sicily

December 7, 2012

Street Corner, Siracusa, Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

A Street Corner in Siracusa, Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

A Street Corner in Siracusa, Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

A Street Corner in Siracusa, Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

A Street Corner in Siracusa, Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

A Street Corner in Siracusa, Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

Sicilian Street Corner, Siracusa, copyright Jann Huizenga


These photos were taken in the charming old part of Siracusa called Ortigia. A place not to be missed!


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50 comments to One Moment & Three Lives on a Street Corner in Siracusa, Sicily

  • my dear friend margo chavez kindly sends me the sites and sights she knows i will like
    this one was truly magnifique
    thank you
    i was in italy for these moments and in the world of antonioni and italian cinema
    i look forward to meeting you some time
    best to you in the new year

  • Street photography is by far my favourite genre. You’ve done a great job of tellin g a story with these shots πŸ™‚

    • Jann

      Hi Samuel, welcome to the blog–so glad you stopped by. You lucky nomad, you. Now I’m going to wander around your website. Ciao ciao!

  • sandee wheeler

    I imagined the rotund gentleman to be Alfred Hitchcock making a random appearance in one of his movies!

  • Jann, as of this moment, I want to be magically transported to Ortigia! And you, my friend, have successfully managed to open our imagination to the many possibilities and stories that these masterful pictures pose. Where was the man going with the bag? What was in the bag? Did these people know each other? Did they all live in the same street? Ah…I’m dreaming of answers to these questions as I type! πŸ™‚

  • Great shots. Where is my Phenakistoscope when i need it.

    • Jann

      Dennis, I love your witty erudition–you’re always making me run to the dictionary or wikipedia or something…ha ha, yes, the “early animation device.” I stood on that street corner and shot probably 50 photos, one after the other…click click click.

  • Just loving this corner and glimpse of daily life; but above all, that fabulous icon on the corner wall. All beautifully accented in black and white.

  • sue gaughan

    Amazing photos & I keep looking to imagine a story.

  • Ciao Jann
    splendide seems taken in the Graziella, the old fishermen area,not far from the lovely daily market in ortigia…the name Graziella comes from Madonna delle Grazie(Virgin Mary of Mercy) the official protector of fishermen…that’s why it’s common to find there varoius edicole with the image of hers…
    I’m glad to read that Ortigia is among the most favourite places in Sicily!!!

    but Jann did you come here and I didn’t meet you!! Oh no..
    you’re welcome..
    next festival St Lucia on 13th december

    • Jann

      Lucia, these pix were taken before I met you virtually! Yes, isn’t it nice to know stranieri adore your hometown???

      Yup, I love the Santa Lucia festival…. if I have a chance I’ll post some pix from the 2011 festival. Buona festa!!!

  • O the endless fascination Jann…. Your subjects’ disinterest only heightens the intrigue. Exquisite work as ever! xx

  • Brava! Wonderful story at this one little corner. Thank you; you made me smile.

  • –This could be an Indie Flick, Jann.

    Love your blog, photos, words, insight, creativity.


  • John Schinina

    Ciao Jann, You know what I like about your blog. everything. I love seeing all the places I missed, I must return

    • Jann

      Ah, John–what blogger could have a better reader than you? You’re such a great cheerleader, and YES, you must return to see all you missed. Sicily is so chock-full of stuff to see and experience that, really, a lifetime on the island is not enough.

  • joanne stinson

    Che una bellissima cittΓ  vecchia. I have fond memories of this place. My apartment was off via Dione. Because it’s only a one square mile island, the sea is everywhere. That’s what makes it so special.

    • Jann

      Yes, it’s always amazing to be in those dark narrow medieval alleyways that suddenly open up to a bright blue sea… You were so lucky to have lived there for a time…

  • vicki carol

    I see a story here about fate. It would be a novel based on all three characters and what happens to them after their energy crosses at the intersection of their chance meeting. I love the sequence of the shots and the black and white color.
    Yes, Black and White are colors. One of my favorites.

  • What a story those few pictures could make! Wow. You have amazing skills as a photo story teller!

  • Charlie

    I love the Madonna with child icon and the lit candles. There would be a firestorm in the US over such a thing!

  • Linda

    Is this on via Dione?

  • Aida

    Everyone goes to Taormina and raves, i liked it but…. The charm of Chefalu, and when i went to Ortygia i fell in love, myth and
    Water, la piu bella terrazza d’Ortigia is at the roof top ristorante of Hotel des Estrangers et Miramare….OMG!

  • Spent three wonderful days in Siracusa this spring. Each morning we went down for coffee at Piazza Archimede and watched the world go by. Siracusa is just the right size, not to overwhelming, but full of surprises. Can not wait to return.

    • Jann

      Piazza Archimede is one perfect piazza, isn’t it? Sicily’s (and Italy’s) palm trees are under threat from a really ugly beetle, and the piazza has lost a tall lovely palm…. so sad.

  • Diane Johnston

    I was fortunate to spend last winter in Ortigia and remember this sweet little corner. All I can think about is returning

  • Doug

    I loved Ortigia when I visited there 2 years ago. The people are sooooooooo friendly and genuine. It’s my favourite place in Italy. And Doug welcome to the blog and thanks for your comment.

  • I loved Ortigia. Just stayed the night, but vowed to get back there. Lovely place. Gorgeous pictures. I enjoy looking through your lens.

  • Such charming voyeurism! I think Ortigia is my favourite place in all of Sicily. I can’t wait to go back.

    • Jann

      Ciao Debra–so glad you dropped by for a look at the photo story. Yes, isn’t Ortigia special? (Shhhhhhhh….let’s not tell too many people how sweet it is.)

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