This is an important picture to me.


I was in this small town in Tuscany (Cortona) and I saw this scene.


Immediately I approach to the man with red shoes and take 3 shots from different angles.


After the third shoot I hear someone screaming in my direction and instinctively I turned to him… Joel Meyerowitz was screaming at me: “Keep shooting! Keep shooting! Arghhh, is gone”.


So I approach him and say:


“But, Mr. Meyerowitz, I already got 3 shots …”


“Are you sure? Did you get all three elements?”




“Let me see …”


So I showed him the LCD and he said, “ahhhhh perfect! This is the only gift that the street gave us today and you’ve been good to see it, to be ready to catch it and to frame it perfectly! Bravo! (with subsequent bow)” …


Joel Meyerowitz bowed to me.


I still can not believe it really happened.


I’ll never forget it.

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AttemptedphotoEmilio Barillaro

Street photographs are mirror images of society, displaying "unmanipulated" scenes, with usually unaware subjects.




  1. September 30, 2013  5:35 pm by Fred Wilkinson

    What a great shot and what a great story. No wonder it's special to you Emilio.

    • September 30, 2013  5:37 pm by Emilio Barillaro

      Thank you Fred!

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