Matera Italy

Brand New Day.

Matera is the Cinderella story of southern Italy.

The town sits in a river gorge, where most of the population once lived in sassi, caves bored in the side of the gorge.

Since the 1950s Matera has gone from a malarial slum where infant mortality was close to 50 per cent to a World Heritage zone.

It’s also highly photogenic, a page straight from the Book of Job, and now a favourite for cinematographers looking for a biblical authenticity. It’s very beautiful, especially in the morning which is when I shot this.

Matera’s is a story of redemption.

No matter how lousy things have been in the past, there is always the possibility of something better, and a brighter future is something plenty of us need in 2017.

Happy New Year!

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