guardavalle

guardavalle

"Welcome, benvenuto, avanti. "ENJOY ".
www.ajoy4ever.com
......................To experience the full impact of these photos, may I invite you to view them in magnificent FULL SCREEN VIEWS. Simply scroll down the page to view any of the 107 photo galleries (4227 images), choose a gallery then click on the “SLIDESHOW” tab. (top right hand tab)
.......... For other viewing options click on the 'Style' tab.
.............To return to PHOTO galleries, click on the 'Homepage' tab.

........ I trust you have enjoyed the slideshow presentation (522 photographs) and possibly wetted your appetite for more. ..............PLEASE, scroll down the page where awaiting your discovery, are another 107 PHOTO galleries, showcasing a total of 4227 images.

All the photographs on this website are available for purchase.
Just view a Gallery, select your photograph,then click on the ‘Buy’ tab for options.

Tutte le fotografie su questo Web site sono disponibili per l'acquisto. Appena osservi una galleria, selezioni la vostra fotografia, quindi scatti sopra la linguetta di 'Buy' del per le opzioni.

..........To view any photograph in this slideshow, simply click on it. The photograph will display below in my opening gallery, 'A'_PORTFOLIO of my ALL TIME GALLERIES FAVORITES.
..........I hope these images may be of some inspiration for you and brighten up your life, as they have mine.
"Hopefully bringing into our lives a little more joy and happiness".
......... If they do, I have accomplished what I have set out to do.
.............."A thing of beauty is a www.ajoy4ever.com"

................ So please let's begin our journey. Location, Italy, Calabria, Catanzaro, Guardavalle.
Enter a small mountainous village. Un paese called Guardavalle ("look valley") and embark on an exciting, nostalgic journey with me. The ride may be a little bumpy at times, but "don't let that deter you" just climb aboard, sit back and hold on tight, ("well our little four legged friends are known to be temperamental at times!") and enjoy a sentimental, (and for some an emotionally charged), photographic journey down memory lane.
........."For those that love you, will sometimes make you cry".
.........These archival images were taken over a long period, from 1973 - 1979.
........" Back in those days, many a meal was sacrifised, so that one could afford to buy color slide film". The sacrifices I feel were well worth it, as can be seen in the rare archival images recorded.
They showcase village life, people, their customs and traditions, special events and Religious Festivals.
........ "We need to keep alive and always hold dear in our hearts, all these wonderful, happy memories and traditions, so as to preserve our Cultural Heritage. It is too late once they are gone".
........ So that for now and into the future, all these customs and traditions will always be,"ajoy4ever".

........ Although I grew up in Australia, I feel myself fortunate to have been born in Guardavalle_Calabria_Italy.
Over the years I have kept a close bond with Guardavalle and it's people, experiencing at first hand it's hospitality and all that Guardavalle has to offer. Therefore it is a "real privilege and an absolute pleasure", for me to showcase these "archival" photographs for the first time. The photographs have been many years in the making.
........ They total in all 4227 photographs (and growing), of which, 2150 are "archival" photographs, spread over 107 galleries. ( Note, most galleries also have their own,"MY FAVORITES" gallery, attatched directly opposite.)
....... A large amount of time and effort, not to mention considerable expense went into the creation of these archival photographs. Most originated as colour slides which were each (professionally) digitally 'drum scanned' manually at 50MB, high resolution. Each image was then colour corrected to repair the degraded image colours, as the slides were taken around 1973-1979.
The majority of these archival photographs have been stored away in slide boxes, and deteriating for far too long. I have lovingly, and as best I could, restored them back to their former glory.
........"Their beauty needed to be released and not hidden away, as though confined within some solid stone block".
......... For those of you that would like to see something, maybe a little different and artistic, you are also invited to view my, "artistically inspired","archival" galleries, 025_026_027_028_029. I am filled with wonder and amazement at how some of the images were created. It seems like the beauty of the image that lies, deep within, has somehow been released. Blossoming into a new and inspiring, alternate view of the original image. (gallery 025)
Can be most seen, especially in the religious inspired "archival" images of Christ's Crucifixion. (gallery 026)
........ As the saying goes photography is "painting with light".
........ My last 32 galleries 030 up to 045 were taken in 2005, and showcase another 1298 international travel photographs.
........ If you love CARS, and would like to view, 191 Vintage and Classic cars, you must see my gallery,
'C_vintage and classic car rally_siena italy_2005'

........ Thank you for taking the time to view my PHOTOGRAPHS.
..I hope you will enjoy my photographic Journey as much as I have in photographing and presenting them to you.
........"We live in such a beautiful world, if we only take the time to look".
The whole world is a garden, and beauty can be found just around the corner.
........ If you have enjoyed the journey and would like to share these photographs with your friends and loved ones, simply click on the 'share' button at the top of each gallery views or alternatively just go to www.ajoy4ever.com
or www.guardavalle.smugmug.com

.............................................. "A thing of beauty is ajoy4ever "......... Enjoy, ciao........................................................

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