“I am about to buy a house in a foreign country. A house with the beautiful name of Bramasole. It is tall, square, and apricot-colored with faded green shutters, ancient tile roof, and an iron balcony [...]. The balcony faces south-east, looking into a deep valley, then into the Tuscan Apennines.”
These are the words that Frances Mayes uses in Under the Tuscan Sun to describe the Italian landscape so typical for Tuscany. While it may sound like an idealized view of the landscape, it is accurate.
Not without reason was the Val d’Orcia with its farmland, vineyards and olive plantations stretching hills and valleys lined with cypresses as far as the eye can see, which was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 2004.
It’s “exceptional reflection of the way the landscape was re-written in Renaissance times to reflect the ideas of good governance and to create an aesthetically pleasing picture” and for the landscape’s celebration “by painters from the Scuola Senese.” Their “Images of the Val d’Orcia, and particularly depictions of landscapes where people are depicted as living in harmony with nature, have come to be seen as icons of the Renaissance and have profoundly influenced the development of landscape thinking.”
Enjoy the flair of Tuscany and discover more typical landscapes in our Tuscany and Val d’Orcia image searches.
Photographer Saffron Blaze states the mesmerizing appeal of these seasonal shots well. He titled an afternoon scene (top photo) of reflected colors from shoreline trees as “Nature’s Rorschach Test.” And as you can see here, other nature lovers found special spots at rivers, lakes, and ponds worldwide to shoot amazing landscapes of fall foliage.
The night presents many challenges when it comes to photography, but many of you embrace it and do wonders with what it offers. Nighttime’s darkness and limited light adds drama to an abundance of scenery, including these shots of urban and rural places.
Many of you made good use of flights by capturing what our world looks like from above. In these aerial photos, waterways and canyons etch intricate swirls and serrated contours through land colorized with sediment and sunlight, while distant fields appear like patchwork of a detailed quilt.
Most artists dream about being discovered by a celebrity, instantly catapulting them to success and stardom. Few actually experience it. But believe it or not, it happened to a young, unsuspecting photographer who was sought out on Flickr by one of the most popular bands on the planet.
"Photography was really just a hobby for me," Rosie Hardy tells us in the accompanying video. "Never really in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be discovered by Maroon 5 and it would launch an entire new life for me. I still can’t believe it has happened!"
Four years ago, Rosie was just an average teenager from Manchester, England. She initially got into photography for reasons most girls her age would understand.
After some time, Rosie began to take her photography more seriously. She became inspired by both famous photographers in magazines and those she followed on Flickr. Rosie pre-produced her shoots, scouted locations and explored different styles. Soon her work evolved to become a mix of conceptual photography, but on a very human level. This got the attention of a select few, and she slowly began to book local clients and gigs.
"Eventually people started to trust me," Rosie says. "So when I asked them to get into a puddle of mud, people thought it was normal! I was not only proud of my work, but it was fun! So it’s all been a very interesting journey… although it all changed when I turned 19, and I never looked back after that!"
In 2010, Maroon 5 was set to release their newest album "Hands All Over", but they had a problem. The band did not have a picture for their album cover. The management team feverishly hit the Internet, using the search words "Hands All Over" and immediately came across a doodle-turned-portrait on Rosie’s Flickr page.
"They really liked the concept," Rosie explains. "So they contacted me and asked if I could redo it, but in a more sexy way for the band. At first, I didn’t believe them, and I thought it was an Internet troll. You know, trolling at his best. I figured they were just trying to trip me up, so he could publish my response on Reddit for the entire world to see!"
"But when I got contacted again, I realized this was legit," Rosie says. "So I started to follow through and see what I could do."
Rosie jumped on her parents’ bed and took several self-portraits. She posed with her hands going everywhere: hands in her hair, hands in the sky, you name it. She edited it all together and sent it back to the Maroon 5 team. Their response was one she never expected.
"They took a look at it and said, ‘Right, we’re happy with this. No other model needed. It’s going to be you on the cover’," Rosie says. "I couldn’t believe it. I pretty much fell off my chair when I realized that it was actually happening!”
Not only was her photo on the cover of the album, but it also appeared on billboards and buses across the globe. On Facebook, her friends began tagging her in pictures of posters and signs of the album cover in different cities. The instant, overnight success completely opened Rosie’s career to a level she never thought was possible. Major clients reached out to her, and she began working on many different projects. It was a dream come true.
"I would say for my future, I would love, love, love to be the kind of future Annie Leibovitz of photography," Rosie admits. "I would love to shoot celebrities, take their stereotypes and create amazing pictures that no one has seen or thought of to do before. But at the same time, for me, I just love photography. And that is still there. The 19-year-old girl, the 16-year-old girl, who loved taking pictures, that’s still me."
Rosie says Flickr completely changed her, not just her photographic career, but as a person. "I grew up being inspired by people and having people support me," she says. "That confidence means so much, and I am so grateful."
Her advice to aspiring photographers:
"Let inspiration inspire you and take every opportunity," Rosie says. "It doesn’t matter whether it’s something big or small, but it will lead somewhere as long as you try hard and do a good job. And have fun doing it! It’s pointless to spend your life doing something that you don’t enjoy. As long as I’m shooting, as long as I’m taking pictures and asking people to climb into mud puddles, and painting my front driveway yellow, I’m happy. And I can’t wait to see what’s next!"
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Our last Flickr Friday theme was #AtTheRoadside. This is a selection of our favorites from your submissions.
The endless roads across highways and streets will always create magnificent landscapes. You showed us special stories where the main characters were nature, dogs and other randomly selected objects. From an amusing family trip and the most vibrant autumn scenes to the wildest horse riding journey. You can dive more into these colorful stories in the Flickr Friday group pool.
We are happy to receive all your favorite galleries that you have been curating specially for us. If you would like to have a look over, you can check them out, enjoy and share.
Our new theme keeps the secrets amongst the stars, and we want you to bring back that special emotion that comes while listening to the wise words of: #MayTheForceBeWithYou. We are sure you are already experiencing a bunch of good memories but we also have the feeling that this will show us many different views about teamwork or being strong. Start shooting and share with us your submissions in the Flickr Friday group. Our selection of favorites will be featured right here on the blog next Friday. And if you would like to invite your friends to take part in the challenge, you can reteweet us or share our status.
Photos from Indonesia, a country of over 17,508 islands. The densely populated nation has a uniqueness in natural scenery and culture that’s made it a top destination for tourists, especially the temples and active volcano Mount Bromo.
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