I considered a number of themes while planning and taking my Roman photos.
I thought about focusing on Water, a vital element of life and Rome. I wanted to do a "portrait of Rome" which I imagined would involve more of the physical makeup of Rome, rather than the people (Now I think the opposite is a much better idea). There was even a time, while feeling the absence of my significant other, when I considered un-romanticizing Rome. When asked why I responded exasperatedly with "Because I'm stuck here in Rome for five weeks without my girlfriend." My photography professor calmly asked if I realized that I had just said "Stuck in Rome?" Those repeated words were a wake up call. I was being selfish with my emotions, and robing myself of the opportunity at my feet.
I stopped worrying about themes and subjects and lack of girlfriend, and instead, focused on what grabbed my attention. I've already revealed in previous posts my new found love for street photography. That is what grabbed me, and reminded me of the Mark Twain quote. People are the same all over the world. It is an odd fact that we need constant reminding not to jump into the sweet conclusive embrace of stereotypical generalization.
With the exception of the architecture, I think these photos could have been taken anywhere. This troubles me, because how I wanted something distinctly Roman. Perhaps "the Roman" experience is just an imagined subset of the human experience.
I like to think I'm on the right track, but I suppose only time will tell.