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    Ramsey Duqum

    Ramsey Duqum

    After a lengthy sidebar, back to some recent(ish) work. Back in April I had the pleasure of photographing Ramsey Duqum, partner and CEO of Aable Rents, a business specializing in renting high-end tents and flooring for large outdoor parties and corporate events. It is hard to photograph a single person with something large like, say, […]

    Daphne Violet Ginn

    Daphne Violet Ginn

    On June 14, after a long night for Perrie and me in the hospital, our daughter Daphne Violet was born. She weighed in at 3260 grams (7 lbs. 3 oz.), measured 49.5 cm (19.5″) in length, and had a placenta of 610 grams (which is important to know when the mother is a placentologist). Perrie […]

    Florence 12: Ponte Vecchio

    Florence 12: Ponte Vecchio

    Spanning the River Arno at its narrowest point, the Ponte Vecchio is (as its name would suggest) the oldest bridge in Florence. In fact, until 1218, it was the only way for Florentines to cross the Arno without getting their feet wet. The current bridge dates back to 1345, but there was a bridge there […]

    Florence 11: Giotto's Campanile

    Florence 11: Giotto’s Campanile

    The climb up to the top of il Duomo offers fantastic views of everything in the city. Everything, that is, except the dome itself. Luckily, Santa Maria del Fiore offers another option: climbing up the bell tower. Construction on the cathedral (begun in 1296) halted in 1302 when designer Arnolfo di Cambio died. Three decades […]

    Florence 10: il Duomo

    Florence 10: il Duomo

    As mentioned in my previous post, the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore is best known as il Duomo for the huge octagonal dome at its apex. The cupola, 45 metres (147 feet) in diameter, remains the largest masonry dome ever built. With the lantern on top, the whole structure is nearly 115 metres (375 […]

    Ramsey Duqum
    Ramsey Duqum

    After a lengthy sidebar, back to some recent(ish) work. Back in April I had the pleasure of photographing Ramsey Duqum, partner and CEO of Aable Rents, a business specializing in renting high-end tents and flooring for large outdoor parties and corporate events. It is hard to photograph a single person with something large like, say, […]

    Daphne Violet Ginn
    Daphne Violet Ginn

    On June 14, after a long night for Perrie and me in the hospital, our daughter Daphne Violet was born. She weighed in at 3260 grams (7 lbs. 3 oz.), measured 49.5 cm (19.5″) in length, and had a placenta of 610 grams (which is important to know when the mother is a placentologist). Perrie […]

    Florence 12: Ponte Vecchio
    Florence 12: Ponte Vecchio

    Spanning the River Arno at its narrowest point, the Ponte Vecchio is (as its name would suggest) the oldest bridge in Florence. In fact, until 1218, it was the only way for Florentines to cross the Arno without getting their feet wet. The current bridge dates back to 1345, but there was a bridge there […]

    Florence 11: Giotto’s Campanile
    Florence 11: Giotto's Campanile

    The climb up to the top of il Duomo offers fantastic views of everything in the city. Everything, that is, except the dome itself. Luckily, Santa Maria del Fiore offers another option: climbing up the bell tower. Construction on the cathedral (begun in 1296) halted in 1302 when designer Arnolfo di Cambio died. Three decades […]

    Florence 10: il Duomo
    Florence 10: il Duomo

    As mentioned in my previous post, the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore is best known as il Duomo for the huge octagonal dome at its apex. The cupola, 45 metres (147 feet) in diameter, remains the largest masonry dome ever built. With the lantern on top, the whole structure is nearly 115 metres (375 […]

    Florence 9: Santa Maria del Fiore
    Florence 9: Santa Maria del Fiore

    Beyond all the art and history in Florence, the big thing is the Florence Cathedral, formally known as the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, but usually called simply il Duomo, “the dome.” Walking around the narrow streets of Florence, it is hard to see il Duomo until you are right in its square. When […]

    Florence 8: Museo dell’Opera del Duomo
    Florence 8: Museo dell'Opera del Duomo

    Returning to my series of posts about Florence, here’s a quick look at the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, the museum of the works of the cathedral. Opened in 1891, the museum is located directly east of the cathedral. It contains many of the original artworks created for the cathedral and is considered one of the […]

    Stephanie Figueroa (Benning), 1973-2014
    Stephanie Figueroa (Benning), 1973-2014

    I have to interrupt my series of posts about Florence today to write a post that I didn’t expect to be writing for a few years yet. My dear friend, Stephanie Figueroa (née Benning) passed away early this morning after, to my understanding, hitting an unexpected bump in her battle with cancer. She was 40. […]

    Florence 7: Battistero di San Giovanni
    Florence 7: Battistero di San Giovanni

    Built between 1059 and 1128, the Florence Baptistery is one of the oldest buildings in the city, and for about 800 years, all Catholic Florentines were baptized there. The octagonal structure was built on the site of two earlier baptistries dating to at least the early 5th century. Architecturally, the Battistero is considered the forerunner […]

    Florence 6: David, and La Specola
    Florence 6: David, and La Specola

    After visiting Boboli Gardens on my last morning in Florence, I met up with Perrie for lunch at a little cafe somewhere. That afternoon was really the only free time she had to explore the city. We had been saving that time to go see Michelangelo’s David (and whatever else is in that museum), so […]

    Florence 5: Boboli Gardens
    Florence 5: Boboli Gardens

    On our last full day in Florence, the weather was beautiful. Perrie had to present her poster at the conference in the morning, so I headed out to Boboli Gardens to enjoy the sunshine and everything else the park had to offer. Situated on a hill behind the Pitti Palace (which housed the Medici from […]

    Florence 4: Palazzo Medici Riccardi
    Florence 4: Palazzo Medici Riccardi

    Today we continue our tour of Florence with the Palazzo Medici Riccardi. The Palazzo Medici Riccardi is at the northern end of the densest part of the historical city center. It was built by Cosimo de Medici (the Elder) from 1444 through about 1460, once they had grown too grand for their home in what […]


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