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India : The Results Are In

“Biglietti per favore”. Startled, my eyes pop open. I am not in India, in fact the train home from Innsbruck has crossed the border and I am back in Italy. Outside the window everything is white. Large, flowerlike pedals of snow drift lazily down like a Christmas scene inside one of those snowflake balls. I pull out my ticket to …

India

Incomprehensible.For the western tourist in India, this is the word one keeps coming back to when considering India as a player in the modern world. Incomprehensible – incredibly so.Staggering poverty, disease, filth, toxic pollution levels, and an infrastructure bordering on the absurd – in India even the new buildings seem to be ready for the status of “ruins”.Amongst all of …

In India part 1

The fact that the cobra’s head was not 20 cm from my bare calf, and flicking it’s tongue at me, and I had nowhere to go to move out of the way was not what even caught my attention. What did was that I was there, amongst it all, and it felt perfectly normal: no surprises, no big deal… Just …

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India, Here We Come

My first 24 hours in India were spent trying to figure how to leave. Our arrival in the south was met with typical Indian chaos. Transported from airplanes to a small village where few had seen a white person, I was left shocked at the suddenness of drastic change to my little world.In those first hours my head reeled, “Why …

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Trail Runner Cover

Home Turf It looked like it would rain all morning as pitch black skies just would not break. Gloomy was an appropriate adjective. Finally, after searching, I couldn’t find anymore excuses to delay my mountain bike ride. My legs, a bit tired from yesterday, needed some turning over. I headed out the door and right to my favorite singletrack. Not …

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Coming Full Circle

In yesterday’s Blog entry I said that in the fall we often take stock of our lives. After I wrote this I had my own little back to the past encounter triggered by the discovery that I am on the cover of the 2009 Patagonia Calendar.My trip down memory lane took me to 1987. Fresh out of high school and …

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Europe’s Missing Points

For over a year now I have lived in Europe. While still an American, I do find myself uttering Euro phrases, using certain hand gestures only found in Europe, swearing primarily in Italian (so much more fun), slowing down perhaps a tiny, tiny bit, appreciating quality over quantity, and so on. I feel at home, reasonably understand the system and …

A Morning Walk

This morning I left the house for a morning walk and did something, I am somewhat ashamed to say, that I have have not done in far too long. I took a camera.Inspiration came from the light, a thin fog layer and beautiful fall colors right out my door.There was really no difference in how I looked at things, I …

American Observation

I was in need of calories and was saving up for just the spot I knew – Bratwurst man at the Kleine Scheidegg station, directly beneath the North Wall of the Eiger. I was on my mountain bike having just ridden up from Grindelwald and doing a link up of valleys in the Swiss Alps.Kleine Scheidegg is, unarguably, one of …

A few days of fun in the Dolomites

WARNING : FUN PHOTOGRAPHY AHEAD – NOT PROFESSIONAL… The content you are about to view is made from cellphones, point & shoots and with an eye, not for work, but for fun and memories. It is not a representation of Dan and Janine, PatitucciPhoto or its affiliates. If you view the following material with a critical eye, it is your …

Our day off work

Today we left the house at 10 a.m. for a “quick” run in the alpine mountains north of town, the Austrian side. We wanted to do a loop we’ve had our eye on since last fall and sunny skies motivated us to finally go.We love days like today – our days, for personal fun, sandwiched between big shoot days which …

Cow Adventures part II

To stand witness to one’s demise and be able to offer absolutely no assistance is a strange feeling. One is left with the decision to either turn away, or to spectate the misfortune of others. In my case, today, I was entertained at the highest level by three dairy cows. I opted for spectating. While riding up one of my …

The Piz Bernina : Biancograt

Sometimes the photo end of our lives do not always play out as we would like. Thankfully, what we shoot is also exactly what we want to be doing, so either way, photos or no photos, we enjoy what we do. And so we went to Switzerland’s Piz Bernina, the easternmost 4000 meter peak in the Alps which is home …

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“Adventure” Photography

It may not appear adventurous, but read on… Being mountain sports photographers, we are often placed in somewhat dangerous situations; avalanche conditions, bad weather climbing, etc… But never did we think real injury would come in the manner it did a few nights ago. What so often begins as good fun can quickly turn ugly, at this point luck can …

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Janine Patitucci… Who is this woman?

She has graced more magazine covers than most celebrities, she has appeared in countless advertisements, been seen on billboards, on the side of a Hong Kong skyscraper, but also, she has photographed for Visa card images and cereal boxes. To date she has Photoshopped roughly 80,000 images, built and maintained numerous websites, speaks three languages (and counting) and even gutted …

Climbing Photography

My Roots rediscovered I noticed I posted just 3 Blog entries in June – this is a sign of the season – BUSY. But! I am off to a good start on July 2… Kurt Astner called to see if I would be available to shoot some climbing photos of him on a route he recently freed. A famous old …

Climbing Photography: Back to my Roots

I noticed I posted just 3 Blog entries in June – this is a sign of the season – BUSY. But! I am off to a good start on July 2… Kurt Astner called to see if I would be available to shoot some photos of him on a route he recently freed. A famous old route on one of …

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Sardinia: Selvaggio Blu Trip Report

Touted as Italy’s most remote hike, the Selvaggio Blu on the island of Sardinia repeatedly came recommended. Finally, Nicholas over at Planet Mountain advised me to have a look at Marcello Cominetti’s Guide Star Mountain Site for photos, I did so, and was sold. I contacted our great friend and prolific writer, Tim Neville, we discussed it, pitched the story …

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PatitucciPhoto’s Photos

A few days ago, I rode my mountain bike alone up a 2 hour climb to the top of a peak in the Italian Dolomites. Once on top, I found myself all alone with a light rain falling. As I looked out to the view of the range while putting on all the clothes I had in preparation for the …

The Greatest Athlete Ever?

The New York Times has a point-counterpoint article debating who may be the best athlete ever. Who comes to mind?If it is Michael Jordan, Roger Federer or Lance Armstrong, you are not correct. According to the NY Times, it just may be Tiger Woods. Yes, this obviously annoys me. Sigh…The debate regarding the credibility of golf as a sport is …