A Beautiful Girl in Rome

It was that moment in time when I turned and saw this girl. Beautiful hair, smile, and aura.
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A Moment in Time

Beautiful Redhaired girl in Rome

I’d like to end this series of posts about my holiday in Rome with two images of an exquisite girl. Judging by her dress and the bottle in her hand; she was a tourist. I am not a lecher, but when I visited the Colosseum, I turned and saw her. This was “a moment in time” when everything synchronized.

Henri Cartier-Bresson spoke of ‘the decisive moment’; and Joe McNally has a book called “The Moment it Clicks”. If I may be so bold, I’d like to talk about a moment in time.

Some Background

So, let me tell you about this image. I was at the Colosseum, as you know already, and wandered alone. Since I am a cheapskate, I searched for a group to tag onto because I didn’t want to pay for a guide.

Further, the sun burned a hole in my head and put me in a foul mood. A free tour guide is what the doctor had recommended, to set my heart at peace.

As I looked around, I noticed her. Wow! At that moment, I forgot all about the guide and focused on her.


If You Don’t Act

Beautiful Redhead in Rome

When I look back at this image, I really can’t understand how it all came together. If you critique the image, you may judge it to be imperfect. A bus stands behind her, which some may consider distracting. Next, she is holding a bottle, and you could wish she held a scarf instead.

Her smile caught my attention, as did her expression, her flaming red hair, her body language. I didn’t think. These are not the moments when you analyze the situation. You must seize moments like these or you will lose them forever. It is at that moment in time that the magic happens.

As I am ending this tiny post, I am reconsidering my opening sentence. I may end up with one last post about my time in Rome. In the meantime, I made a little slideshow video, which I posted on YouTube. I hope you enjoy the slideshow


The YouTube Link is

A Roman Holiday

Published by Rajiv

I have been around the block a bit. I've lived in four countries, and in many parts of my country. I have been fortunate enough to meet some really good people, and some really lousy ones, all of whom have taught me much. I am passionate about photography, writing, Indian history and continuing on this grand journey towards death.

2 thoughts on “A Beautiful Girl in Rome

  1. You beat us to Rome by eight months, Rajiv. My wife and I stayed there for a week the following year. We saw some of the same places you did, and I also took a lot of photos. Never came across a beautiful red-haired tourist, though!

    1. Rajiv – I have been around the block a bit. I've lived in four countries, and in many parts of my country. I have been fortunate enough to meet some really good people, and some really lousy ones, all of whom have taught me much. I am passionate about photography, writing, Indian history and continuing on this grand journey towards death.
      Rajiv says:

      Ah, I was lucky, I think!

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