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Mediterranean reflections shine at Silke’s Evening with the Artists

The photography exhibit by Jim Hancock consists of 24 visually striking images from cities dotting the Mediterranean coastline. The images give us glimpses of Italian villas, Corsican harbors, Spanish Markets, among many others. You can view his work at Silke’s Old World Breads during the next month between 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. While you are there, be sure to try their food, especially their excellent gourmet pizza!

Artist Jim Hancock is introduced to a friend of Bakery owner Silke Tyler. In the background is his piece Three wooden boats photographed in Anjaccio, Corsica
Artist Jim Hancock is introduced to a friend of Bakery owner Silke Tyler. In the background is his piece Three wooden boats photographed in Anjaccio, Corsica

Information about the Exhibit

The photographs in “Mediterranean Reflections” were taken in November, 2008, during a 15 day Trans-Atlantic Cruise on the Norwegian “Gem.”

Jim Hancock on the Norwegian “Gem.”
Jim Hancock on the Norwegian “Gem.”

Arrival in Barcelona, Spain

Nancy and I flew from New York to Barcelona to board the NCL “Gem” for eight days of Mediterranean ports, continuing in a crossing through the Strait of Gibraltar to New York harbor. During the entire trip, we were blessed with exceptionally pleasant weather—temperate and clear.

Arriving for an extra day in Barcelona, we admired and photographed the interesting people and places of the Old Town and Gothic Quarter. Scenes along Las Ramblas revealed dramatic architecture and colorful scenes everywhere.

Villefranche, France

Boarding the “Gem,” an entertainment in itself, we sailed for Villefranche, France. The delightfully quaint French Riviera town offered an old hillside fort, narrow streets connecting cobblestoned passages, and a long hillside stairway overlooking the town harbor—a plethora of photo opportunities.

With subtle lighting Jim Hancock captured the Old Town Passage perfectly
With its subtle lighting and shadows, Jim Hancock captured the Old Town Passage in Villefranche, France perfectly

Florence, Italy

Our next port of call took us to Florence, Italy. This birthplace of the Italian Renaissance overlooks and bridges the peaceful Arno River, offered fine camera opportunities. Classic art and architecture everywhere drew the photographer’s eye in all directions. Having been to Florence before, we walked different streets and found new venues for the camera on this visit. One outstanding artwork was a bas relief from the 1500s with an unusual pietà-like sculpture of Christ.

Ostia Antica, Italy

The next port gave access to Ostia Antica, the original port of Ancient Rome. Here the culturally advanced remnants from the 4th century B.C. have been excavated to reveal the art and architecture of Italian craftsmen and merchants. Wonderful mosaic floors and colorful wall frescoes were protected through the ages by layers of river silt. An amazing amount of Ancient Rome remains in Ostia Antica—an amphitheater, opulent homes, temples, public bathhouses, shops and more. Fine stylized stone theatrical masks are in excellent condition and provide an up-close view of this staple of Roman theater.

Ajaccio, Corsica

Sailing to Ajaccio, Corsica, the birthplace of Napoleon, additional quaint harbor scenes and beautiful coastlines greeted us, again offering ample photo fare. Modern island life dappled with reflections of the old offered a visual feast in a much-too-short stay.

The Three Wooden Boats in Ajaccio, Corsica
The Three Wooden Boats in Ajaccio, Corsica

Malaga, Spain

Next, beautiful Malaga, Spain, led us to Granada for a day-long visit to the Alhambra, the oldest example of Moorish artistic design and intricate architectural detail remaining in Europe. The Alhambra offered endless photo angles, sunlit detail with deep shadows, and awesome reflections in sky-colored pools. The design of the Alhambra represents the Islamic perception of paradise flowing with beautiful streams as described in the Koran. The Medieval reflecting pool in the Courtyard of the Myrtles was the prototype for the famous pool at India’s Taj Mahal.

A reflecting pool with the Alhambra in the background in Granada, Spain.
A reflecting pool with the Alhambra in the background in Granada, Spain.

Crossing the Atlantic Ocean

Leaving our final Mediterranean port for six days on the Atlantic, our thoughts turned to Christopher Columbus, whose statue we had seen in Granada. Like Columbus, we sailed through the strait of Gibraltar across a beautiful and seemingly endless sea and sky to the “New World,” our homeland. A spectacular dawn broke as we sailed under the suspension bridge into New York Harbor. The golden sun highlighted the signature Statue of Liberty as we sailed close by, while the modern glass buildings of Manhattan blazed reflections of the rising sun, welcoming us home to America.

Artist Statement

I enjoy Life. An Important part of that enjoyment is photographing local scenes and landmarks in various seasons of chance, unique lighting, and points of view. In addition, traveling with my wife Nancy allows many opportunities for photographing new and interesting places. As a photographer and a member of groups such as ARTZ and Friends of Photography, I find pleasure and learn from the friendly associations, critiques, and exhibits organized by these groups.

Both Juried and non-juried venues provide opportunities for exhibiting my work. I enjoy hearing people’s responses to specific pieces. I was pleased to have photographs accepted for two 2009 calendars, The Leaf-Chronicle’s “Capture Clarksville” and the Arts and Heritage Council’s Desk Calendar.” The calendars feature two of my Dunbar Cave Photographs depicting spring and fall, respectively.

Donating pieces of my work to local fundraising events such as Flying High, the Roxy Regional Theatre, and the Multiple Sclerosis Society gives me special pleasure. I appreciate the positive Responses to these photographs and the rewarding proceeds they bring to help these significant organizations within our community.


Title Location Type Price
Ancient Floor Mosaic Ostia Antica, Italy Framed 11×14 $55
Angel Tears Barcelona, Spain Framed 16×20 $120
Atlantic Sunrise Atlantic Ocean Framed 16×20 $100
Blooming on the Rocks Ajaccio, Corsica Framed 16×20 $100
Colorful Wall Fresco Ostia Antica, Italy Framed 11×14 $55
Compassion Florence, Italy Framed 22×28 $175
Courtyard of the Myrtles Ganada, Spain Framed 22×28 $160
Fantastic Coast Ajaccio, Corsica Framed 16×20 $100
Golden Stairway Granada, Spain Framed 16×20 $100
Healthy Harvest Barcelona, Spain Framed 22×28 $160
Mediterranean Harbor Ajaccio, Corsica Framed 22×28 $160
Old Fort Villefranche, France Framed 16×20 $100
Old Town Passage Villefranche, France Framed 22×28 $160
Over the Arno Florence, Italy Framed 22×28 $160
Port Tino Rossi Ajaccio, Corsica Framed 22×28 $160
Reflection of Grace Ajaccio, Corsica Framed 22×28 $160
Riviera Sunrise Malaga, Spain Framed 11×14 $100
Roman Stone Mask Ostia Antica, Italy Framed 12×12 $45
Sea Feast Barcelona, Spain Framed 16×20 $100
The Gothic Quarter Barcelona, Spain Framed 16×20 $100
Three Wooden Boats Ajaccio, Corsica Framed 22×28 $160
Through the Ponte Vecchio Florence, Italy Framed 22×28 $160
Up to Old Town Villefranche, France Framed 16×20 $100

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Bill Larson
Bill Larson
Bill Larson is  is politically and socially active in the community. Bill is a member of the Friends of Dunbar Cave. You can reach him via telephone at 931-249-0043 or via the email address below.


  1. Bill, thanks to you and ClarksvilleOnline, for the excellent coverage of the reception. Thanks, also, to Silke, for supporting the arts in Clarksville. We, in Clarksville and Montgomery County, are so fortunate to have such grand support for the arts and events in our community. This is a great place to enjoy “Life”.
    Jim Hancock

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