Fairly intrepid middle-aged female traveler attempts to explain to her family and friends through pictures why it is she spends all her disposable income on constant travel to Europe with her camera and just a single carry-on bag.
If you're in the mood for an armchair tourism escape, see Florence, Venice, Sicily, Vienna and Paris as she sees them, and learn what keeps bringing her back. Alone. So that she doesn't have to talk to anyone and she can just walk and look and reflect and soak in the sights and colors and people that feed her imagination once she goes back home.
Companion photographs to author's blog, frequently on the subject her European travels, on the Web at
Rachel Martin is a denizen of the margins of society: artist, atheist, feminist of working-class origin and faux queen. She took the facebook What Classic Photographic Film Are You? quiz and the result was Kodak Ektachrome Infrared EIR "Hard to handle, tough to shoot and totally unpredictable - you're the maverick of the film world and you are truly unique. Part creative genius and part lunatic, you dream of running away to the woods or desert to devote yourself to your vision. Tinkering around and conversing with your vices fills the time between photographic excursions to New Mexico, grant-writing and academia. You are one-of-a-kind, and the most creative mind many of us have ever known. You are an artist and a scholar." Since 1990, Rachel has held an academic post at a large American university. She works in a variety of media and hybrid forms: drawing, painting, artist's books, photography, music and performance art.