Wednesday, July 16, 2014

On the Street……The Grand Nonna, Bari


Yesterday was easily one of the funniest shooting days I have ever experienced.  I wish I could act out for you some of the encounters I had with the people of the old city center of Bari.


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  1. Marco

    July 16, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Great shot! Love how the repeating colors and patterns all around the frame!

    Marco (

  2. Karen

    July 16, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Love the pattern, piping and the pose!

  3. Gap

    July 16, 2014 at 9:37 am

    A grandma smile is always home to me.
    Love this shoot!!
    XOX, Gap.

  4. Sally

    July 16, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Best thing I have ever seen on this site . Easily. More, please.

  5. dario fattore

    July 16, 2014 at 9:45 am

    le nonnine dei vecchi paesini italiani hanno sempre quel gusto retrò antico ma che va di gran moda nuovamente nel secolo odierno

    dario fattore –
    new summer look is up click:

  6. Name*Beate

    July 16, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Touching. Thank you Scott!

  7. andreea

    July 16, 2014 at 9:48 am

    i need more of this real style! she makes me smile! :)

  8. lavinia

    July 16, 2014 at 9:49 am

    it’s wonderful! both! The photo and the “bis-nonna”. We italians are fashionable till our last day on earth. :) thanks

  9. Jute

    July 16, 2014 at 9:53 am

    The house dress–as common and universally loved by women the world over and it looks perfect on her.

  10. Emma

    July 16, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Thank you for this post!!!!

  11. Yvespink

    July 16, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Cute grandma in her floral dress

  12. Ezio

    July 16, 2014 at 10:09 am

    I’m a huge fan of yours… I’m from Bari and I just wanna say thank u for this picture.. You just made my day. Maria is such an iconic lady always smiling and such funny… :D Such a pity I was not in town, cause I would loved just to shake your hand… I posted a picture of her here.. talking about street food in Bari..
    Hope to see you around in Puglia..

    • Martine

      July 16, 2014 at 10:45 am

      So she is rather well known in town. I bet those dumplings are delicious.

      • EZIO

        July 17, 2014 at 10:43 am

        Yes she is quite an ICON :D ahahhahaah And there lots of others nonnas who pretend to be her… :P

    • Anna

      July 18, 2014 at 10:46 am

      What is street food? I’m beginning to see this and don’t know what street food is.

  13. kelsey

    July 16, 2014 at 10:12 am

    ah what an evocative image. love the color of that shift

  14. sandyy

    July 16, 2014 at 10:18 am

    I like her pose, I like her eyes and her blue shirt: it reminds me of my Grandma’ :)

  15. Eva

    July 16, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Love how she poses for this photos with the spoon still in her hand. And the flower dress and colorful background compliment it even more!

  16. michael

    July 16, 2014 at 10:26 am

    no pretense. quite refreshing. beautiful composition as well. thanks

  17. Martine

    July 16, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I wish we could know what happened to you in Bari too. The picture is certainly charming.

  18. Jojo

    July 16, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Those are hands that worked for a lifetime. Beautiful nonna!!

  19. Francesca

    July 16, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Oldie but goldie granny ;)


  20. Mónica Sors

    July 16, 2014 at 11:12 am

    A real picture!! Like it!!

    Mónica Sors

  21. ella biondi

    July 16, 2014 at 11:46 am

    This has gotta be an ad for the Mediteranean diet, slow food, Italian beach living. Just beautiful.

  22. justray

    July 16, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    You can easily call this one of your best shots. She reminds me of my Nana–a warm spot in my heart.

  23. Chat Robinson

    July 16, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Great shot, beautiful and dignified.

  24. Jordan

    July 16, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Beautiful photo. Reminds me of my Nonna. I’m from Bari and this photo perfectly captures the spirit there. Love the pasta strainer in her hand. Mangia!

  25. John

    July 16, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    “…funniest shooting days I have ever experienced. I wish I could act out for you…”
    I wish you could, too. Go ahead… show your acting chops. Garance can tape it.

  26. Shannon

    July 16, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Nice framing, love the shot.
    -Shannon at

  27. M.

    July 16, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    You must have gone mad seeing the colour and pattern here. It’s a wonderful life!!

  28. carole

    July 16, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Beautiful face. Lovely photograph.

  29. Peppermint Dolly

    July 16, 2014 at 2:08 pm

  30. bonnie

    July 16, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Coy, seductive pose, she is so comfortable in her “skin” An inspiration for good aging. Never loose the person inside yourself. Love this photo

  31. Jen

    July 16, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Love the vivid colours, her casual pose, and quiet confidence. Beautiful shot!

  32. Marielle

    July 16, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    In Chicago on West Grand Avenue, there is a small Barese grocery. The best sausage in the world. Have to bring it home in the trunk, yet you can still smell it. The Grand Nonna there, years ago, told me to simmer the sausage in red wine with onions and sweet peppers. Divine!

  33. Domenico Loseto

    July 16, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Maria del Castello a Bari Vecchia grande .

  34. talktomyshoes

    July 16, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    I just adore this! I could only imagine what it was like interacting with some of the people you met…

  35. jdit

    July 16, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Although the little flowers on her dress are not periwinkles I will call her the Periwinkle Nonna for the richness of color!
    Molto Nonna!

  36. all-in-the-silhouette

    July 16, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Love this shot so much. She is charming and beautiful and comfortable in her skin….so refreshing, and beautifully captured, Scott.

  37. Lala

    July 16, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Such an exceptionally lovely photo! (it also happens to prove my theory that the truly cool people only get cooler as they get older.)

  38. laura

    July 17, 2014 at 2:21 am


  39. Tiana in Tuscany

    July 17, 2014 at 3:21 am

    Such a great nonna portrait!

  40. CBC

    July 17, 2014 at 6:37 am

    what ever happened to the house dress..Oh replaced by sloppy sweats

  41. Francesca

    July 17, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Eri a casa mia :))

  42. Francesca

    July 17, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Questa non è moda.
    È sentimento.
    È poesia.

  43. olivia

    July 17, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Magical ! You’re the best

  44. maria

    July 17, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Those beautiful old hands, though they must give her pain.

  45. Vivi

    July 17, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Finally something real and beautiful at the same time. I like your blog since the beginning but I was afraid you were becoming too commercial and fashion wannabes focused.
    You proved me wrong with these cool shots! Well Done X

  46. Orangeufunny

    July 17, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Sweetness and strength all wrapped up in love. A nonna who loves you!

  47. Marieta A.

    July 17, 2014 at 10:22 am

    This picture is beautiful in so many aspects. Love the colours & also love her simplicity!

  48. Enzo

    July 17, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Your name is “Marì la caccà”. Very VIP in Bari, Puglia, Italy.

  49. Hope

    July 17, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Delightful Portrait !

  50. une chatte grise

    July 17, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Her pose and smile are wonderful–confident and unpretentious. Her expression suggests a lovely sense of humor, too.
    This, young ‘uns, is coolness personified.

  51. Johanna V.

    July 18, 2014 at 2:35 am


  52. martina

    July 18, 2014 at 6:36 am

    What a beautiful picture and what a wonderful woman!

  53. LIZPR

    July 18, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    “Yesterday was easily one of the funniest shooting days I have ever experienced. I wish I could act out for you some of the encounters I had with the people of the old city center of Bari.”

    Hey … there’s nothing stopping you from posting a video! :)

    This is a fun shot – there is humour in her eyes. Her outfit is cute, too!

  54. Anastasia

    July 18, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Nice shot, but more than a picture, I like the idea of the series – to show real people, far from being models.


  55. Kate

    July 19, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Charming. More of this please.

  56. Laura

    July 20, 2014 at 2:38 pm


  57. Christine

    July 21, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    What a refreshing perspective. Your photos are always inspiring but it is lovely to see you, with your influence, capture the beauty in age. Youth is certainly beautiful but there is something so much more meaningful here. Please take more!

  58. niki

    July 22, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Reminds me so much of our grandmothers here in Greece…The outfit and the backround too…

  59. francesca

    July 26, 2014 at 10:29 am

    In Bari we say “If Paris had the sea, it’d be a little Bari”, did u know? :)

  60. stacey

    August 16, 2014 at 4:05 am


  61. stacey

    August 16, 2014 at 4:06 am

    lovely fresh textiles

  62. Saba

    February 8, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    It’ so beautiful ! And she represents the “model” of the Italian grandmothers because every grandmother in Italy wears a dress like this :)

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