June 25, 2018
Film photography is literally a slow process, because I have to wait for my rolls to be developed. The element of waiting really adds to the enjoyment of shooting film, though. While I’m shooting I have no idea how my images will turn out. It means that I’m far more conscious of every shot I take (also, because every shot costs money!). So, it’s been a while since I was in Monticchiello during an event organised by ‘Slow Flowers Italy’, during the weekend of 30th of April and 1st of May, and I’m only now showing you the images.
Slow Flowers Italy is a cultural association set up by a group of floral designers part of ‘La Rosa Canina’, ‘Puscina Flowers’ (run by three sisters), ‘Profumo dei Fiore’ and ‘Labotanique’. I had been following ‘Puscina Flowers’ for a while on social media. They cultivate beautiful seasonal and old-fashioned flowers in an eco-friendly way. All of these floral designers care about sustainability, hence the name ‘Slow’! Of course we can’t forget that the Slow Food movement originated in Italy and now there is also a Slow Flowers movement! Tuscany is a region in which there is a true adherence to ‘Slow’, meaning sustainable, local, organic and whole. For example, in the supermarkets here you will only find fruit and vegetables which are in season. Most of the restaurants offer traditional Tuscan dishes from the ‘cucina povere’ tradition made with local ingredients.
The Slow Flowers event took place in the hidden village of Monticchiello, in the Val d’Orcia. I call it hidden, because to reach it you have to drive down (or rather, up!) a winding white country lane through the valley, with hardly a soul in sight.
It was a beautiful sunny day. Wandering through the town was like stepping into a fairy-tale. Around every corner there was a new breathtaking sight to behold; explosions of colours, the most beautifully, artistically arranged flowers all over the town; against walls, on the ceiling of archways, on church steps, on the well in the church square. This wonderful group of people had decorated the entire town, bringing out its best features. Not only had they done this, they also organised workshops (flower arranging, painting, photography, dance) and musical performances. Unfortunately, I had found out about this event too late so I couldn’t participate in the workshops, but I did enjoy the lovely ‘Helter Shelter, the Acoustic Beatles Cover Band’ who played in the town square.
What a wonderful first visit to Monticchiello! I’m sure that without the flowers it’s lovely too, but I’m really happy that I was there to capture some of the beauty! I hope you’ll enjoy and feel that you’re there a little. If you want to experience an event like this too, check out the Slow Flowers website for upcoming events.