First, to all of you (well, both of you) who have been asking for a new post to Soul of the Heel, I apologize for the dereliction of duty. My excuse is that I have been dedicating the bulk of my writing energies to the book version of our Italian experience. (The book would have made a great holiday gift but for the fact that it won’t be finished in time. Put it on your summer beach read list, though.)
Now, those of you who have been following along are very familiar with Jessica’s photos. Since taking up photography in a serious way, her skills have begun to catch up with her innate talent and her perceptive eye. Her photographs have been displayed at some places here in Puglia and have received rave reviews.
Next week, a new exhibition of Jessica’s photographs opens at Le Capase, a relatively new and smartly innovative restaurants in Cisternino. The theme of the exhibit is People of Penang and features photos she took during our month-long visit to the Malaysian island earlier this year. The subjects of the photographs are the Chinese, Indians and Malays who make up the population of the island. They practice their respective religions–Buddhism, Hinduism and Muslim–with joy and reverence in a palpable sense of peace and harmony. Jessica has beautifully captured these warm and welcoming people as they go about their daily routines in this series.
If you are around the Cisternino area between November 5 and December 7, stop by Le Capase. Treat yourself to some of the amazing Pugliese “food with flair” that the restaurant is known for and be welcomed by the friendly and accommodating staff eager to help you select just the right meal for your mood. And, before and/or after your dinner, or even between courses, stroll around the gorgeous stone interior of Le Capase and visit Jessica’s photographs of People of Penang.
But, if you can’t be in Cisternino to see the exhibition in person, you can always check it out at Jessica’s website: www.jessicacoup.com.