Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.
Florence. September 14, 2013. A city of commerce. I was a bit disenchanted with the frenetic pandering to the tourist (young male vendors from everywhere but Italy who will tell you anything to make a sale). But a dear friend reminded me that the gold dealers have been hawking from the Ponte Vecchio for centuries. Like so many other things in life, the extremes shove your face in history encompassing both good and bad.
After escaping the web of leather merchants in the market close to the Ponte Vecchio, we passed a section of several blocks where amazing, hardworking artists were on their knees recreating great works in chalk. The work. The amazing hours of work for a brief moment in which to have a personal work reside next door to the greatest masters of the art world—and collect paltry tips. Outstanding talent. A beautiful moment in time.