Sperlonga, Italy, 1970
The IHP group traveled from Israel (where we spent six weeks at an atheistic Kibbutz, which didn't help my religious ritual project, though I got some material for it on a couple of side trips by bus to Jerusalem) to Sperlonga for, more or less, Spring Break. The little town clings to the face of a cliff on the west coast of Italy, south of Rome. Many of the group ran off to see the rest of western Europe (which wasn't on our itinerary for the study stays) for a few days, depending on interest and financial resources. I went up to Rome for a couple of days, on a weekend of course, to photograph in Vatican City for my ritual project. But I was happy to spend the rest of the break back in this incredible little place of vertiginous stairways and uncountable layers of stucco. Plus, I want to point out that I was taking cat pix decades before the internet.