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It’s Abandoned – The Story Behind the Shot

I’ve always been intrigued by urban exploration photography, but I’m too much of a “play by the rules” kind of guy to trespass to get a great shot. Then one day, while I was wandering the small town of Grotte on the island of Sicily, I got my opportunity to get some photos of an abandoned building without having to break any laws.

I’ll admit, I was lost. My wife and her friend were visiting someone in the city, and I tagged along because there is an incredible gluten free dessert shop. Unfortunately, it was closed, so I found myself walking the streets of a tiny town and barely being able to communicate with anyone in my broken Italian.

I speak enough to grab a cup of coffee at the bar and find a public restroom, but asking for directions is outside my capacity. So I wandered for a couple of hours before I found my way back to my wife. During that couple of hours, I got some fantastic shots. While I wish I had been carrying my camera, at least I had my phone, so this photo was shot on an iPhone 6 (just a couple of months before I upgraded). So far, it’s the only photo in the collection shot on that particular phone.

It’s Abandoned reminds me of great coffee, a small market, and a morning of wandering Sicily on foot. I wonder if this structure is even still abandoned. I practically had to lean back against some scaffolding to get the shot since they were rebuilding the home right across the little alleyway.

The full-size, non-watermarked NFT: It’s Abandoned

The Collection: Travel Photographer

My OpenSea Referral Link: OpenSea


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Hi, I'm Adam Kantrowitz

I am a freelance writer, photographer, and artist. I started writing in early 2012, and it became my primary source of income in 2015. This blog is all about freelance writing, content marketing, photography, travel, the freelancer lifestyle, art, NFTs, and anything else that pops into my head.

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I make money writing, taking pictures, and making art. I'm gluten-free by necessity, not choice. I'm based in New York and Sicily. If you enjoy the blog, subscribe below. Thanks for your support!


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