Un Uomo Toscano

This is a a snatched photo of an old Tuscan gentleman sitting among the shadows in the town of San Gimignano, Italy, taken on a camping trip to the region back in 2004. The town often known as the Mediaevel Manhattan, not least because of its “twin towers” was in the middle of a summer festival when we visited and lots of townsfolk were in the garb of the middle ages. This gent, who looks like a little like Alfred Hitchcock making one of his ubiquitous cameo appearances in a black and white thriller seemed to be in sharp relief to the burnished and rusty looking clay jug on the table in front of him, its colour and demeanour make it seem from a different age more mediaevel than film noir.

A Tuscan Hitchcock