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South of Positano

Taylor Stephens


Behind the Shot

While on their honeymoon, Taylor and his bride visited several beautiful spots along Italy’s Amalfi Coast, but the cliffside village of Positano, perched above the Mediterranean Sea on the edge of the cliffs of the Lattari Mountains, was by far their favorite. “Positano is so beautiful and so tiny, and if you walked it, you’d see the whole town in an hour or two. But there’s so much to see there, you could easily spend way more time there discovering new things.

“We ate lunch at a hotel just south of the main town of Positano. Most tourists stay at one of the hotels in town, but celebrities and other VIPs tend to stay on the outskirts. The town looks nearby in this photo, but with all the twists and turns in the road, it’s still a 15-minute drive away to reach Positano. From this view, though, you get a sense how unique the city is. You can see how big these cliffs are, especially the cliff in the foreground. It’s hard to believe that someone lives on a cliff edge like this. These buildings are ancient, and people have been living here for hundreds and hundreds of years.

“From our hotel in the southern end of the town, we walked along the cliffside path to the center of town. Looking down from the narrow path, I saw these perfect rows of umbrellas along the water,” recalls Taylor.

Taylor was excited about how the scene came together, and it captured his impressions of the historic location. “This is just one of those shots where the colors and the composition came together so perfectly. I took this photo to capture how it felt to me being in Positano. The weather was perfect, the water was clear—everything about this morning was just perfect. It reminds me of living a luxurious and relaxing life, at least for the three days that I was there.”