Rob Lettieri photographs people. He enjoys travelling and observing
other cultures. Rob speaks enthusiastically about the St. Ubaldo
Festival and the pictures:
The St. Ubaldo Day Festival in Jessup has the energy, passion
and intensity that you might travel half way around the world
to see. Last year I decided to photograph the event after
having seen it once before in 1989. I came away with images
that show the marriage of heritage, festival and culture between
two countries: Italy and the United States, where the annual
festivals are held.
I traveled to Italy in the 1990's and saw the energy and intensity
of the festival in Gubbio and that same energy happens here
in Jessup. Though it's a colorful event I chose to concentrate
instead on the soul of the festival in black and white. Thousands
of people turn out to see an event almost like the running
of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain each July except that three
different teams run downhill (and then uphill) carrying 600
pound statues of Saints on their shoulders.
For me it's no different than documenting a wedding: I'm
challenged to show the nature of people and their association
with ritual, ceremony and their desire to thrive. Please take
the time to see the exhibit and don't miss the festival this
year held over the Memorial Day weekend.
Rob Lettieri lives in Scranton and has traveled and photographed
in almost 50 countries. He has had a successful studio and private
gallery at 1610 Wyoming Avenue in Scranton since 1988. Whether
photographing weddings or doing commercial work, his pictures
are about observing people.
Rob Lettieri's Studio
about the St. Ubaldo Festival