An unexpected accordion player greeted me at the cortas apertas in Tonara, Sardinia. He was kind in allowing me to photograph him while he played melodic tunes on his grandfather’s old musical instrument.
This weeks weekly photo challenge is habit, and there is no better place in the world where the people still abide by the same habits or rituals as they did hundreds of years ago, like they do here in Sardinia.
This hard-working man from Tonara is making a wooden platter in the shape of Sardinia to sell or give away as gifts to friends. For millenia the islanders have used natural resources from the surrounding area to make stunning hand-crafted items that will last a lifetime.
Casu Marzu is eerie, very, very eerie. It’s a pungent cheese made from sheep milk andis left outside, uncovered, to rot. Tiny cheese flies infest the cheesy block and lay their off-spring, billions of small transparent maggots. The larvae feed on the cheese, thus causing fermentation and allowing the casu marzu to fully decompose into an eerie, stinky, creamy and highly sought after delicacy from the mountains of Sardinia. The moment I saw the sign above the door I knew what I had to do. Continue reading →
D.H. Lawrence said it perfectly in his 1921 travel memoir Sea and Sardinia:
“Sardinia is another thing. Much wider, much more ordinary, not up-and-down at all, but running away into the distance. Unremarkable ridges of moor-like hills running away, perhaps to a bunch of dramatic peaks on the southwest. This gives a sense of space … lovely space about one, and traveling distances-nothing finished, nothing final. It is like liberty itself … ” D.H. Lawrence. Sea and Sardinia. 1921.
Lines of the Gallura
Patterns & Lines of Anglona
Lines inside a petrified tree
To me, Sardinia is an island filled with striking coastlines and impressive interiors. She’s also my home.
Sardinia is more than just stunning beaches and emerald coasts. Have you ever wondered what it’s like on the inside? Follow me on a photographic journey to explore Sardinia from the inside. Grazing sheep inside the confines of their mountains … Continue reading →