In sixteenth-century Tuscany, enriching noble villas and palaces with gorgeous gardens was a widespread fashion, and grottoes were one of their essential elements. The Buontalenti Grotto in the Boboli Gardens is a fascinating place, where you feel as though you’re in a fairy tale. It was built by Bernardo Buontalenti between 1583 and 1593, commissioned by Francesco I de’ Medici.
Inevitably the grotto presented very challenging light, using the black and white medium I’m able to capture both the texture and  atmosphere.

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