Chiesa di San Abbondio is a small church in Gentilino, a town just above Lugano, Switzerland. This church is probably not on the tourist map or in every guide book of the area but I think it is a must see. You can drive to the church from Lugano but I advise walking (my prefered way of getting around because you see more) because the initial impact of this church is best when you are walking. The church itself is not spetacular but the layout is – there are two paths that lead up to the church, each lined with Cypress trees. It’s a breathtakingly quaint spot.
I spent three and a half years in Lugano and I took more photos of this church than anything else. This photo shows the church after a day of snow and the cypress trees are casting long shadows on the white ground.
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The story behind this photograph…
Just up from Lugano, Switzerland there is a small lake, Lake Muzzano, between the little towns of Sorengo and Muzzano. Around most of the lake there is a walkway and a field where horses graze and then the path reaches a set of stairs that are flanked by a small vineyard. These stairs are very steep and once you make it to the top you can sit on a bright red bench, on a narrow ledge, and with your feet up on the railing and you can admire the view and observe as others climb the stairs.
One cold winter day I was sitting on one of those benches trying to warm up in the sun and I saw this man in a long winter coat and a fur hat, descend down the stairs. I lost sight of him at times (that is how steep these stairs are) but then he appeared and I took this photo.
One of my professors at my college said this image reminded him of a photo like Henri Cartier-Bresson would take – a high compliment that I do not feel worthy of but I do strive for a similar style as that great photographer!
That is the story behind this photograph.
Details: Black and white photo taken with an Olympus camera (one that they do not make anymore, sadly enough).
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