My visual love letter to the streets of Italy ... jennifer tonetti spellman ny street photographer

May 2016- It was supposed to be our 10 year anniversary 'trip of a lifetime.' We were less than one month away from boarding a flight to Italy when my back blew out.

I had to spend nearly a month getting it to work again: laying flat, getting injections, epidurals, heating pads, medicated pads, etc. I couldn't even hold my 8 month old let alone think about boarding the 8 hour flight to Italy.

Then 2017 came and so did the '10+1' trip.

From the standpoint of my street work, I am happy it went down the way it did. A year ago I had just started to share my love of street publically, but now as many of you may have noticed, my 5 year street passion that I kept under wraps is being sung from the rooftops and as with any genre you shoot, I had another year of tuning my eye under my belt.

I was so depressed when we left. I cannot wait to go back and next time spend a bit more time in Naples and visit Piedmont, the two areas of my heritage.  And drink more wine of course. It's crap over here (a fact I never knew until I tasted it there!)

Here's Italy in the exact order of cities we visited and the way I saw it. I filmed my own snaps of all the beauty for my personal album and then tried to film the non-tourist shots and went for the meat of each city and the people in it for my street work.






Thanks for taking a peek and if you like my street work, I'd love to have you pop onto my Instagram street page where I've been spending a heck of a lot of time lately. Hope to see you there. x -j




Downtown. jennifer tonetti spellman ny photographer

The trips are intentional, the shooting even more so. My NYC escapes to street shoot outside of my own neighborhood have become an insatiable need, not even a 'want' anymore.

Headed into the city a few weeks ago and this is what I saw.... a mix of people/color/structure and texture.

Represented: West Village | Soho | Little Italy | Chinatown

(sidebar: I was so happy recently when dear Photographer recognized my street work. If you missed the piece, click HERE.)