Naples A Way Of Love
All Images from Naples A Way Of Love Copyright Carla Coulson Published by Penguin Australia
Twelve years ago I rolled up in Naples for the first time, stood on the streets with life whirring around me at a thousand miles an hour, murmuring like a madwoman ‘it’s not too late, it’s not too late I have finally arrived in a photographers paradise ahead of time”.
I was torn, should I pack up my life in Florence, leave my photography studies and move to Naples to devote my life to photographing this place that is so rich, so poor, so tough, so kind, so generous and so me?
I felt like my blood had little bubbles inside like someone had mixed it with champagne. I started looking at apartments, checking out neighbourhoods and shooting myself stupid along the way. Florence won over and a little bit of regret has stayed in my heart all these years.
I continued to visit, to shoot, to love profoundly this place that has such a tough reputation. In Italy you either love Naples or hate it and there is no in between. But the ones like me that give Naples a go, fall in love like smitten fools and will defend her to the last slice of pizza!
One of those smitten fools is gorgeous writer Lisa Clifford and this book idea was born in a Florentine bar over a very large Aperol and prosecco (which had just been kindly offered to both of us by a very handsome waiter to celebrate my wedding).
Charged with Aperol and champagne I told Lisa of this burning desire I had to shoot Naples but I wanted a fab writer to tell the stories of the people of Naples and the things that make Naples throb. She said ‘I’ll do it”
And that was how the idea was born to shoot this book on Naples! To tell and show the stories of the Neapolitans and their Naples.
Naples is the home of pizza and we tracked down Naples most fabulous pizzaioli to tell their stories, their secrets and their relationship with Naples.
When most people think of Naples they never think of elegance but Naples is the home to Italy’s great sartoria, the equivalent of Saville Row. Pictured above is the heavenly Gennaro Solito who was born in the Quartiere Spagnoli and rose to become one of the greatest tailors in the world. His story brings tears to my eyes.
Naples is the home of tabernacles and beautiful girls flying on scooters. We left no rock unturned. We shot in the markets, the streets, the artisan’s workshops, the pizzeria’s, the cafes, the churches, the cemetaries, talking, walking, shooting and gathering their stories.
Evi O the fabulous graphic designer of Naples A Way Of Love continued the story of the photos and words with her beautiful design that has brought magic, warmth and love. What a treat to work with her! Opera clap for Evi O..
All Images from Naples A Way Of Love Copyright Carla Coulson Published by Penguin Australia
This is a book that I want to stand on the rooftops and scream with happiness and joy that I had the opportunity to shoot, to live and to dream about. This was a rare project that started with joy and wonder and finished with wonder and joy. I love this book with all my heart.
“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” Giuseppe Verdi
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Why do I love Italy?? For the Sicilian beaches, the napoletana pizzas, the granita & brioche breakfasts, for the passeggiata & gelato, the churches filled with devout Catholics that give you a sense of belonging, for the piazzas and duomi and above all because that’s where the first people I loved (my mum and dad) are from.
I love the simplicity of their lives, the cooking, the lifestyle and the love.
I just love your books, we are planning a trip to Europe which includes Italy. So I’m look forward to your book for inspiration and ideas.
Why do I love Italy. The Aperol and Prosseco sipped by the waterfront in Venice, so amazing. For me it seemed like Paris would always hold my heart- but it is firmly planted in Italy. The warmth of the people, the style, the language, the food. Exploring Florence for the first time, the place to which I hope to return again and again. The brilliance of Rome, and the first time we saw the Trevi Fountain. Throwing in a coin to guarantee our return. The dreaming and planning every day for our next trip to that stunning country.
I have been fascinated with Italy since I was young and have always been drawn to the culture, the food, the language. My husband proposed to me in Rome. We have been back since. I love it and I will return, hopefully next time with my daughter. She is six and is very proud of the fact that she can count to ten in Italian!
Looks amazing. Def I need to get my hands on one of the copies.
Why I love Italy? If I don’t need to mention the breathtaking views, the delicious food and the way of living, it is where I got my best shots of Laundry, especially in Naples. 🙂
Congrats Carla. You are so inspiring
I love Italy because of its beauty and passion.
Why do I love Italy? I don’t know yet, I haven’t been!!! Would love a copy of the book for inspiration for future travels!!
Hey Carla, this is fantastic. I will get my copy and ask you to sign it, after all, you’ve signed all my/your other books I treasure!
Who wouldn’t love Italy? A place for every person and emotion. Sxox
I don’t just love Italy, I’m so obsessed that I cried when leaving there in case I never get to return. The beautiful hill top towns, the food, the people, history, architecture……………….and more.
Your books are a feast for the eyes, if I don’t win a copy I will have to buy one!
I love the beauty to be Lund in the smallest or simplest of places, from food to a bike on the street, to artisans and definitely through to its people. Italy for me next year, with the cherry on top to be our final destination of Naples.
Italy is my dream – I love the history,the beauty and the lifestyle in every form. Carla, you and Lisa are living my dream – my passion is travel and photography! Your photographs and Lisa’s words bring Italy to life for my until I can return there.
Oh don’t tell me I’m first lol xx
It could be a good omen as I was lucky enough to win ‘Chasing the Dream’ some time ago.
I have just created a big dream for myself and I hope that winning Naples a Way of Love will be a huge thrill.
When I won ‘Chasing the Dream’ I kept it for days waiting for just the right moment to open it, savoring the moment.
Good luck all, and yes of course I’d love to win xxx
ciao ciao Lisa x
I have just returned from my first trip to Italy. In the two weeks I was there I visited many well known places including Naples. I saw the crazy driving, the divine Gondolas, churches that took my breathe away and ate feasts in Tuscany while my eyes and soul dined on the art and beauty at every turn. I think the trick to Italy is not take it at face value but scratch beneath the surface. Can you believe the first review I read on Bari (our first full day in Italy) was ‘there isn’t much there’, yet I wandered past the modern rows of shops to the wide piazzas and found the magic hidden away…my kids drank from those amazing fountains that are centuries old! It was hard to leave Italy because I felt like every story and every photo was ‘my little secret’! Thanks for sharing yours 🙂
Italy changed my life. I met my husband there. We lived there for over 7 years. There are so many things that I love about Italy, it is hard to know where to start 🙂
I love Naples too! I first went there more than 40 years ago. We sat at a seaside restaurant and a short, chubby Italian man played Volare on his violin, while I ate spaghetti vongole for the first time.
I have been back since and I loved it just as much, even without the violin.
Oh my goodness Carla what an amazing collaboration between the 2 of you. I lost my heart to Italy last year, when I visited a lovely blogger friend in Lago di Garda, and got welcomed to their homes, lives and including their family. We were treated like royalty and it was humbling to say the least. On top of that the insanely beautiful scenery – the cities (Venice – a dream come true for me) – so yes please I’d adore winning this lovely book, and learn a bit more of Italy and their people/places. Much love Axx
Carla, Congratulations on yet another literary and photographic masterpiece. My two copies await me at Beaumaris Books – where I will await you on 10 December!! Can’t wait to see you again. C xx
Oh Carla, I am so thrilled for you and all who were involved because the book is BEAUTIFUL and the love that was put into it shines through!!! I know that it will be a giant success. How could it not? :à
Why do I love Italy? Well, this answer is going to sound odd–because of the “joie de vivre”!! Now, I know I shouldn’t use a French phrase to describe Italy but I find a joy there that I don’t find here! (shhhh 😉 The country, like the language just sings…
I love Italy in my dreams. I have not yet been but have dreamed of it for years. I have Italian blood way back from my great great great great grandmother. I love Italy in my dreams. Something I cannot express in words as it is not a tangible thing. As deep and likewise fleeting as pure emotion.
Hi Carla, I think I followed your blog first. I mean, I don’t think I was following any other blogs when I followed you. Love your work and Italy of course!
#naplesawayoflove ♡♡♡ I love how you’ve captured Naples. It is a unique city.
Naples is where my husband was born and all his family still live there. I love this city for its theatre and colour !
oops forgot to say, “why do I love Italy?” Well, what’s not to like? Beautiful country, scenery, monuments, people, language, food, wine, climate, light, color. Most of all, I love who I am when I am in Italy, more alive.
i am an art history major and there is NO BETTER place on earth for me -than ITALY – im a HUGE fan of Bernini and YOU !!! – pick me !!!
At 33, I feel like a bit of a late bloomer to finally have found the courage to start photography as a career but now that i have found it, i never want to let it go! My camera and travel mean everything to me! I have never been to Italy but hope to someday soon. I want to immerse myself in the beauty, culture, drama, food, traditions of Italy and the ability to ENJOY life and its sweet moments. Italians seem so good at that. I want to wrap the Italian way of life around myself like a warm blanket! For now though, I rely on Pinterest, Instagram, google images and books like yours to transport me to places in Italy that for now, i can only dream of! Thank god for technology! Congratulations on the release of your book Carla. Your journey is one of inspiration! X
Why do I love Italy?
We have holidayed there six times and apart from the obvious sights – Trevi, Vaticano, forum, Florence, Venice, Pompeii, Napoli, Taormina etc etc etc.
I have to say that my love for Italy is the Italians love, belief and total devotion to the 5 ‘F’s’ – Family, Food, Football, Fashion & Ferrari. Wherever you are and whatever they are doing they are passionate about at least one of these ‘F’s’
That Carla is why I love Italy.
I can’t wait to get hold of a copy of this! I’ll check online now to see how I can get one sent to me in the Middle East!
I have all of your books and have re-bought a few of them for gifts too. Can’t wait to see your newest addition.
I’ve shared online your links from above to spread the word about the place.
Hope all is great in your world!
Carla, I entering this way because I have already subscribed to everything else.
I love Italia because every time I leave, it is harder and harder to go, the tears and the knot in my stomach is stronger and my heart is more ‘in pezzi’.
I knew from when I was a little girl it was where I wanted to go, and as crazy and full of red tape as it is, I have never felt more at ‘home’. It just feels like HOME. The language comes to me so naturally. It is the hardest thing to describe, but I think you understand.
Everything from the colors, the aroma of fresh sgabei, the feeling of a local market, the crazy politics, the people who open their hearts and invite you to have your legs under their tables a mangiare, the elegant dressers, the way the kids there are more ‘awake’ and not stuck down a screen. The sense of family. Can you tell I’m only month back?
If I win this, it will go to a dear friend for a much loved present.
What is there not to love about Italy ! Beaches, food, history, men (ha!), the weather ohhh and Limincello
Hi Carla, your photos are so inspiring ! I’m glad your dream came true and you finally have your book published ! Complimenti ! I have been in Napoli in 2001, around the same time you were there. My husband drove right in the center of Napoli. We parked the car near the train station. We were to meet some Napolitans I have met through the Internet while I was Learning the Italian language. They were so nice. Really this old city is full of sun, calore and sapore ! Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera and I have just a photo souvenir from those friends. I hope to win your book !!!! Thank you
Just to add to my above comment… Italy is the “Paese dove suona il sì !” I love Italy because of the sound of the Italian language. When they speak it is like a song. Also, and the first reason because I love Italy is because my husband has some Italian blood !
I LOVE italy. It feeds my soul and when I am there I am home and amoung my people. Even though I was born and raised in Southern California I truly feel I am where I belong when I am in Italy. Could those genes be so deep rooted that even after generations of living out of Italy the desire and need to return remains?
I love Italy because, well, it’s ITALY! It has style and years of history and culture and food that resonate with me! I love the people in the little towns, who are so generous and nice and happy to see me when I come for a visit.
hmm why do I adore Italy? Food, people, place! use to rep 6 Italian lines so know florence well. Congratulations on the book. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com
It’s all been said so eloquently by everyone. Carla, you bring out the passion burning inside each and everyone of us. What I brought back was not only the food, architecture and all that is Italy, but a “respect for the workers”.
Who wouldn’t love Italy? Florence has my heart,
Rome’s historical view from the heights is breathtaking, Genoa & Arenzano is home to many friends
I love Italy because it feels like my heart was born there.
I found the book yesterday in Queenscliff Victoria AU..I strolled into this gorgeous independent book shop & the book was in front of me.. I opened it, looked at 2 pages & well I have it now..close to me !! I posted it on my blog from the beach last night !
I just love that style the descriptive words of Italy & the photographs ,,just wonderful
After visiting Italy 3 times I still cannot get enough of the chaos, the contrasts, the attitudes, the colours, the ruins, the street style, the beauty, the grubbiness. It is a small country compared to Australia but so much variety is crammed into it. It keeps drawing me back. To sit and look through your books Carla, brings it all to me until I can go the next time….xx
I love Italy’s diversity – from the beauty of Tuscany to the down-to-earth reality of Naples… and not to be forgotten, my love affair with Venice.
Absolutely wonderful. 🙂 I feel teary and emotional just looking at the few images and words that you’ve shared thus far.
Hi Carla, I definitely cannot wait until Thursday to get this amazing looking book. I will be straight to the bookshop in the morning to buy it and have an inspiring weekend of reading and of course admiring your beautiful photography. Have a wonderful weekend and best of luck with the launch of your latest project. With love from Sarah.
Hi Carla, Congratulations on another inspiational book – it looks devine! Francesco must be beaming with pride. I’m thinking about attending Lisa’s writing course in Florence next June and your photos have really got me excited at the thought of seeing Italy again…might have to pop down to Naples to experience your images for myself. Looking forward to your Get Published seminar in Sydney…the last time we met up was 2010 in Paris.
With love, Annabelxx
I fell in love with Naples on my first trip to Italy in 1978 when I was just 18 – a Sydney girl a long way from home – Australia. I had my first ever plate of Spaghetti Vongole and it remains my favourite meal ever!
I”ve LOVED you for years so I can’t LIKE you anymore. If I win, will you sign my copy in Noveber? 🙂
All your books are stunning the photography is amazing! I especially love your work in My Amalfi Coast. So I would love to win your latest to add to my collection of yours.
Why do I LOVE Italy? My background is Italian and so my husbands parents are Italian. We recently traveled there together for our honeymoon as I have always wanted to go. Everything is amazing about Italy. The architecture, the gorgeous kids running around laughing and speaking there native language is just gorgeous. The fashion of both men and women and just their general appreciation for life! They are very proud people and among the hustle and bustle always helpful! I did not stop consuming Gelati, the Siciliana olives, their seafood, and every morning with my husband al bar we had an espresso he has a marmalata cornetto and I an espresso with a nutella cornetto. Take me back to Italy by allowing me to discover Naples through your eyes! (Does Procida get a mention)
Thanks Again, all the best on your great works and the many more to come!!!
Elise De Nittis
Just got back from spending 6 days in Rome, and I had forgotten how much I do love Italy! What is it…it’s everything..the people, the clothes, the architecture, the art, the food, the wine, their style, the history, and the countryside and coastline. Also love your books!!
Italy is attitude. Just look at David’s face, the gardens, the architure, the food all wonderfully expressed by the people. Who else but an Italian can wear a linen suit. As I can see from the comments already above, we all love your blog. Best wishes.
Passiona (only an Aussie will know this)
Passionata – that’s you to a T Carla!
Well done yet again
The ride (on or off a Vespa) with you is passionate!