• William Steel

Photo story - Italy: Sensory overload

Italy is never shy on giving your senses an overload. From it's ancient history, abundance of culture, and incredible food, it is impossible to not to fall in love with its character and charm. For that reason I have found myself returning on several occasions.

Nearly everyone I have spoken to who has been to Italy, puts the country in the top 10 places they have visited, and each person seems to give their own personal reason for this, maybe that is its draw; No matter who you are, you're made to feel at home.

For me its the lone meandering walks I can get lost in. Wandering through the many winding cobbled alleyways you get immersed in a world unaware of your existence. Elderly women reel out washing lines above the streets, while men adorn the facards of cafe's, gawping at passing strangers, as kids play in the quiet backstreets, with an ever present hum of a vespa zooming past.

I have never really felt like I have captured the real sense of Italy through imagery, but hopefully, if you have visited Italy before, these images will make you reminisce about past memories, and if you haven't, they will make you long to create them.

"A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority, from his not having seen what it is expected a man should see." -Samuel Johnson

The breathtakingly beautiful Amalfi coastline.

I very seldom make my way to the coastline when in Italy, I find the beaches too crowded, but occasionally the urge for a gelato in the sun takes over.

Italy, for me, has always been a country that feels like it is opening it's arms to you every time you return. From the second you step off the train, plane, or bus, you are instantly submerged in its character.

The many separate lives collect and interact at a busy train station in Italy.

Family transport. The little moments that you often miss if you don't sit and watch.

Italy surely is powered by the little Vespa.

From Italy's ancient history, bountiful culture, and delicious food, it's impossible to not get lost in this unique country. Although for me the real Italy can only be experienced on its streets.

Everything in Italy is either at full speed or stationary.

There is a quirkiness to Italy that I have never really found anywhere else. Its buildings seem to mesh together the old and new, both seamless and awkward simultaneously.

The early morning calm before tourist flock to the famous Via San Gregorio Armeno. The street is renowned for its craftsmen creating Nativity scenes or "presepe" meaning crib or crèche.

"Traveling is the ruin of all happiness! There’s no looking at a building after seeing Italy." - Fanny Burney


As a born and bred South African, I've grown up along many coastal towns across the Western and Eastern Cape (Yes, this means I eat pineapple on my pizza). I have always had a niggling sense that I was born to explore and travel but up until now,have constantly squished that feeling. Mainly due to getting caught up in the ''rat race;'' university, move to a big city and work, work, work. For the first time in a long time, I'll be fully focusing on my passion for writing, designing,photography and of course, travelling. 



From a young age I was captivated by the wildlife that surrounded me. Raised in Botswana, I was able to explore and discover the beauty of untamed wilderness, and it sparked in me a love for nature and travel. That is where my photographic journey began. As my hobby blossomed into a passion, and then became an income. ​I am fortunate enough to call photography my career, but first and foremost it is my passion. 


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