The famous sculpture of Romulus and Remus, twin babies abandoned and then raised by a she-wolf. Romulus grew up and conquered his brother, and founded Rome in the Palatine Hills. Another personal connection....I live and work near Palatine, Illinois.
(More original photographs to follow the essay below:)
After only a day in Rome I was struck by its contradictions, its contrasts, the very old and legendary traditions next to modernity that is ignorant of history; opulent wealth next to horrible poverty; religious tradition and sexual heat.
From my diary written one night in Rome, Friday July 22:
"Ancient architecture and structures have been preserved, even as young graffiti artists deface them. There is a typical Italian complacency about neatness and of the infrastructure. Italians are more concerned with relationships, and less so with the repair and efficiency of their buildings and public spaces. Unlike Germany, whose people, while friendly, seem almost cold in comparison to the impetuous, generous Italians.
"I am a child of a German father and an Italian mother. Seeing in myself the two very different world views that are my heritage gives me more layers of insight into my lifelong interior struggles. I am a study of opposites, just like Munich Airport vs. Rome Airport. I love both countries. The Italian way of life seems to be a better fit and will likely take over."
I tried to capture in photographs this idea of the diversity of Rome, almost ad odds with herself at times: