1. Laura

    May 21, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    This shot is beautiful


  2. gaptoothedgirl

    May 21, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    You deserve this acclamation!!!
    xox, Gap.

  3. Sabine

    May 21, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Very well put. It’s an amazing and wonderful age we live in that art is so accessible and that artists can reach so many instantly. This image, to me, is a modern incarnation of some of the most revered curated paintings in the world. The image alone marries the timeless and the modern.

  4. Gladys

    May 21, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Is the images and pictures that really move us and make us feel something… happiness, love, compassion, etc. that will go viral. This picture you took brought me back to a happy time when my husband and I spent a night in Florence. Wish we can visit again in the future. Thank you for reviving that memory!


  5. Edgar C

    May 21, 2014 at 4:36 pm


  6. Dear Velvet

    May 21, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    At first the image is so deceptively simple: a boat, a bridge, a city.. yet gradually, as you observe it, the panorama seems to grow ever wider, the river swells and the arches of the bridge stretch out. You find yourself wondering, just where was the photographer at the time, how could one find such a high vantage point?
    And then the sheer lonely, David -like pluck of the little rower, pitting himself against the Goliath of the city, with its dome and buildings and grey, lowering sky as a backup… it almost makes you dizzy. The viewer is at once the seer and the seen, empathizing with that tiny, brave sailor.
    This is the power of The Picture: to outline a tale and draw one in, so that creating a story is at once both the mind’s instinctive response and the heart’s terror or joy.


  7. milex

    May 21, 2014 at 6:25 pm

  8. Valerie

    May 21, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    It’s amazing you were able to capture this one boatman all alone. The Arno always seemed to be packed with tour boats when I visited a few years ago. Stunning picture, really brings home the feel of Florence.

    It’s so true what you said about images and meaning. People who aren’t finding images to be lasting are following too many “brands” who advert. on Instagram. Daily I find images on Tumblr that resonate with me and inspire me to create, travel, or remind me that some images resonate with people differently and some are just universally loved. If anything, there is a wealth of imagery to be absorbed!

  9. CBC

    May 21, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    i stayed in a small hotel facing the Arno…to the right i could touch the Ponte Vecchio and to the left the Ufizzi….the hotel said room with a view….yes…..but it’s were Merchant Ivory shot the film room with a view LOL

  10. Oz

    May 22, 2014 at 12:22 am

    “People have been saying that images today seem cheaper, less meaningful and live with us for a shorter period than in the past.”

    This is because so much of todays photographs allow too much detail in, leaving nothing to the imagination. suggestions are much easier to live with over time. Compare an impressionist painting of a cityscape with a digital realistic depiction of the same scene- the same information conveyed in a vastly different way. The digital photo astounds with its excruciating detail, but the unfocused impressionist painting engages more of your imagination, while demanding less of your attention.

    The photo realist piece sucks energy from the viewer, the impressionist piece gently gives it back. Same can be said for film vs digital.

  11. Patrick

    May 22, 2014 at 2:26 am

    Straighten the damn image!

    • Newman

      May 24, 2014 at 5:14 am

      Seconded, great image but I want to lean over looking at it….

  12. Simone Fraser

    May 22, 2014 at 4:28 am

    It’s breathtaking, Scott Schulman! A beautiful picture.

  13. Maggie

    May 22, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Images say more than words.

  14. Bri Lee

    May 22, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Ohhh nice image+caption combo!
    When are you coming to Australia!? I would love to see what you do with our sunshine. :)

  15. Gaia

    May 22, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Been there! its anazingly beautiful! <3


  16. M

    May 22, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Great image, and I quite agree.
    I will always treasure my cameras and a hard print of my photographs more than an iPhone shot. But I’m also enormously grateful for the times I’ve not had my camera and still been able to capture a moment because I had my phone in my back pocket.

  17. carole

    May 22, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    stillness and beauty….gorgeous photograph!

  18. Karolina

    May 23, 2014 at 4:14 am

    I miss the time of few, precious photos which we carried in our wallets. More means less. Less means more.

  19. Catherine

    May 24, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Simply exquisite!

  20. Brian

    May 25, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Its hard for me to look at this picture and not recall Thomas Eakins’ Max Schmitt in a Single Scull. The painting is at the Met. Both images combine recreation, transportation, commerce and how all three take take place in cities.

    My art history is a bit spotty but I believe Eakins used photography to create his images.

  21. AT

    June 12, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    This image gave me chills. Before I am accused of exageration, let me explain.

    I lived in Florence. Five years after leaving, whenever I return, I almost weep with joy when we cross the Arno. To me, I haven’t arrived until the Arno is crossed. That picture brings me back to every Arno crossing of the past five years. Goosebumps.

  22. Kathryn Aumau

    June 16, 2014 at 12:37 am

    So well said Scott!! It is amazing how things have progressed and we can be inspired and connect in an instance. Love your work!

  23. Lorraine Daley

    June 17, 2014 at 11:43 am

    This would be a lovely image to print. A very tiny print, with a large ornate, gold frame. it would draw you into the image.

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