Bruno D'Amicis - Home, sweet home


When I moved back to Italy from Germany, I had deliberately skipped my hometown, Rome, to live in a small village at the foothills of the Apennines in Abruzzo. Mount Velino, the third highest peak of this mountain range, dominates majestically the landscape around home. I simply cannot live without seeing it at least every second day. When I leave home, I immediately miss it, and when I come back from a trip, it always welcomes me. There is “HOME”, in fact, written on it for me.

As it often happens, it is very difficult to photograph things close to your home as they might become “boring”; it is fortunately not this the case with the Velino: the light is always different on it and every sunrise or sunset is unique. Of course, I do often witness those moments while sitting in my car, as I go to or come back from other locations, and have no chance to take pictures. I took this image on one of those occasions. On a cold and dull December afternoon, I was driving home on the highway, 130Km/h, with the mountains running on my right side. Suddenly, a gorgeous sunset light came through the clouds, but this time I had my photo backpack sitting next to me. Theoretically, I was not allowed to stop there, but I took the risk. So, I pulled the car in, emergency lights on, and quickly ran out with the 70-200 in my hands. A f***ing fence was in my way, so to get a better perspective, I stood on my seat, with the door open and my elbows on the roof of the vehicle. The light didn’t last long, but in a matter of seconds I got what I wanted. I drove on, in the rear-view Velino was there severely looking at me, who knows, maybe jealous of my past “intercourses” with other mountains…

Location: Abruzzi, Italy

Tags: abruzzi, apennines, bruno damicis, italy, mount velino, mountains, snow, sunset, winter

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  1. Sandra said:

    05/12/2012 10:19

    beautiful image and story.

  2. Liz said:

    05/12/2012 10:42

    W er Velino! They should put "HOME" on it Hollywood-style!

    The story reads a bit as if you took the pic while driving 130km/h, now THAT would have been impressive...

  3. Bruno said:

    05/12/2012 12:46

    @Sandra, thanks!
    @Lizette: yes, that's a very difficult technique... that only few people can master: it is called "extreme-inverse-panning".. ;-P

  4. petra draskovic said:

    06/12/2012 10:41

    Impressive! Very much.