Sicilians in Baroque Towns

November 5, 2012

I’ve done a lot of traipsing around the streets of my adopted homeland, snapping away, straggling up and down steps, trying to capture street life in hilly baroque hamlets.

Sicilians seem to think the only folks who should be in front of a camera are brides, kids, and fashion models.

“Me?” they’ll invariably chortle when I ask if I can photograph them. “You wanna shoot me?”

Then they laugh or shrug with a dramatic “why not” gesture. Sometimes they warn that their face will break my camera. Ha ha! A lot of people tell this joke, in fact. Younger folks shout to their friends: “Fay-sa-boook! Fay-sa-boook! She’s going to put me on Fay-sa-boook! 

Sicilian Woman Making Bread, copyright Jann Huizenga

The result of all this tramping and trudging is my new book Sicilians in Baroque TownsThere’s a paper version and an e-book version for the iPad. If you feel so inclined, I’d loooooove your comment on the Blurb page or here. Mille grazie!

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Studs and Plum Duds: Bella Figura in Sicily

January 26, 2011

More fashion for you, folks, straight from the bars and streets of southern Sicily.

Fat “diamond” ear studs for a barista:

Diamond Studs in Sicily, Bella Figura in Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

And may I point out the heart-stopping eyebrows? And beaded necklace (to match the shirt)? Fantastico, no, how the Sicilian male adores adorns himself?

Bella Figura in Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

Eyebrow Fashion in Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

Studs all over the map.

Bella Figura in Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

The full spectrum of purple–plum, wild lilac, dusty grape, violet sky, sangria, raspberry syrup, aubergine–is still very much in vogue (click here for a purple post from last summer). Also note, below, her super-chic wide-as-a-yardstick spectacle arms.

Bella Figura in Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

Since purple is the *in* color, a purple puffy is cool, too (in addition to the black and white ones I mentioned in an earlier post.)

Bella Figura in Sicily, copyright Jann HuizengaThe only fashion faux-pas committed by the lass in purple is her nasty plastic bag. But this is about to change, as Italy has just banned it, though word of the new legislation has not yet trickled down to the mini-markets of Sicily.

And below, the short trench, much alla moda.

Bella Figura in Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

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