Monica Bellucci, Sophia Loren and all my other Southern Italian fantasies - Carla Coulson
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Monica Bellucci, Sophia Loren and all my other Southern Italian fantasies

Sophia Loren, Tazio Secchiarol, black and white photography, Hudson Wright

Left: Sophia Loren, photographed by Tazio Secchiaroli. Right: Fashion editorial by photographer Hudson Wright.

Dear Photographers,

I have been wanting to create some of these photos forever. I have had them on my Pinterest boards for years, knowing that one day we would meet in a not so distant future and these would be the fuel for some magical days.

And as I am putting the finishing touches on the planning of the Puglia workshop the excitement has started to mount as the mood board came out.

Finally, I can roll all my Sante Fe, Puglia, Sicilian, Monica Bellucci, Sophia Loren et al. fantasies into this workshop and as a gal that is fully invested in this style in every way, let me tell you the decisions are difficult.

Will it be a Dolce Gabbana ad that will inspire us with a Monica Belluci look-a-like dancing? Or an old image of Sophia Loren taking a break between sets? Or maybe the cool Kelley Ash of AWildAtHeart with her modern take on Santa Fe/California and beautiful hats and long flowing gowns.

awildatheart, Anthony Nocella, Kelly Ash

Photos of Kelley Ash (@awildatheart) by Anthony Nocella.

Maria Grazia Cucinotta, black and white photography, Italy

Italian actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta.

Kelley Ash, awildatheart, Graham Dunn

Photo of Kelley Ash (@awildatheart) by Graham Dunn.

This is the bit I love, the creativity, the stuff that gets your blood flowing and hooks you up to the motherlode of energy. The stuff that has you poring over images for hours at the wonder and beauty. And the sheer excitement that shooting in a place you love can bring. The connection to something so powerful as pure joy for doing what you love.

I love passing it on almost as much as I love doing it myself.

If you would like to be inspired in a totally unique environment, take some amazing images you always dreamed of taking and see me frothing at the mouth in October with a passion for all of it, we’ve had a cancellation and we have one place left on the Heartland – People and Spaces Workshop.

I warn you… there will be music!

Carla

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