Last year I had to visit a couple of Doctors for two minor health problems. Each one said that as part of the cure, I had to walk half hour every day. Seems to be a cure all these days.
There is a linear park near where I live that follows, what we all consider to be, a rather squalid little torrent called “Il Crostolo”. In the Summer it is bone dry for many weeks, whilst in the winter it can be a raging torrent. Over time the river has been regimented with flood prevention works at various points.
The torrent winds its way between the houses where the well-kept park starts. As one follows it out of town the houses slowly disappear and it starts to be surrounded by farmland. The thin park each side of the river gets ever more like a wilderness as one climbs the torrent. At certain points it is difficult to imagine you are in a very urbanised area.
To make my daily walk, or as it evolved bike ride a bit less boring, I decided to carry a little camera to document the torrent over the year. I also wanted to try to see if I could make some interesting photographs of a nondescript place like “Il Crostolo”.
I found to my surprise that this linear park along the river had a certain subtle beauty. I also found this little photographic challenge that I set myself quite fascinating.
The year started well with the river frozen over, which was very photogenic. Soon it was Spring with its fresh greens and flowers. The Summer brought a barren dried out riverbed. Autumn brought the first rain and water to the torrent again, together with the Autumn leaves.
Now I have come to the end of the year I have put together a little Ebook and I will make myself a Blurb book with results I got with my little camera. I used a Panasonic LX100 which is very compact, but also has a largish sensor. The limited zoom range and the simplicity of operation made this a perfect tool for this task for some reason.
Crostolo year2? I am thinking about it.