When you want a festival to be huge and contain a tremendous amount of food, best leave it to the Italians. The Fisherman’s Feast, celebrated in the North End in August every year, is a notable example of a true Italian festival. Just over 100 years old, the tradition involves 1: food 2: parades 3: children shouting at each other in Italian from balconies 4: further destruction of Hanover St. traffic flow and 5: more food.
Emily and I walked from Brookline to the North End to catch the festival right about when the main events start. We arrived when cops began diverting traffic. This was quickly followed up by some brass marching bands and a carriage containing a statue of Madonna Del Soccorso (long story, read here), draped in donation money taped to ribbons. Thankfully, we caught the end of its 10-hour tour where it culminates in a very confusing discourse between two young girls on opposite balconies, dressed as angels, shouting at each other, in Italian, while smiling, and a third who is hoisted into the air with an apparently trustworthy pulley system to visit the carriage. She then soars back. Confetti happens everywhere and suddenly everyone is celebrating. Pfoo. Next time, I’ll bring someone who speaks Italian.
The 1st few photos are of our walk to the North end. Followed by festivities.
So, the Cuccareses are now in the latter half of their 20′s, and a lot of people have been on pins and needles. I’m going to announce here on our blog, the newest entry to our family, a Sigma 35mm f1.4.
Ok. Had to be done. Anyway, indeed the newest member to our camera family is a prime lens for what is one of my favorite focal lengths, 35mm. It’s wide enough to take a picture of a cityscape or a friend across the table, but not so wide that a lot of distortion sets in. The super-wide aperture is an added plus since we do a lot of photography in low light and a wide-angle shot with a shallow depth of field is particularly pleasing in my opinion. We’ve given the lens a little bit of exercise in the last couple days – here’s some of my favorites. (bike picture; photocred: emily)