| images by john ecker, pantheon photography

Pinocchio Pattern, Rome, photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography

Rome Pinocchio patterns LR, photo by John Ecker pantheon photography

PINOCCHIO PATTERN, ROME: The ‘lovable’ Pinocchio can be found in shops across Italy, particularly in Rome and Florence.  Many of us no doubt have fond childhood memories of the Disney movie about the puppet who came to life in Geppetto’s workshop.  But did you know that in the original 1883 book by Carlo Collodi, Pinocchio was a lot less charming? In a nutshell, when Pinocchio comes to life he runs away as soon as he has legs. He gets picked up by the cops and Pinocchio tells them Geppetto has abused him. The old guy gets tossed into jail.  Back at home Pinocchio then kills Jiminy Cricket with a hammer.  He sells his school books and runs away and gets mugged by a fox and a cat who also try to hang him.  Pinnocchio finally shapes up but not before he checks out an island where badass boys get turned into donkeys.   There’s a moral in there somewhere.

Pinnocchio puppets, dolls and related paraphernalia can be found in many Italian shops.  The collection in this photo sat on a shelf in a shop near the Pantheon in Rome.  I liked the bright red pattern of the tiny wooden dolls.  But remember kids, the ‘real’ Pinnocchio was evil.  Evil! 

Shot handheld and braced with a Nikon D300, 18-200 DX zoom lens at 135mm, ISO 3200, 1/640 sec., f7.1. Copyright photo by John Ecker   |    pantheon photography

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