In Phoneography Veritas

In vino veritas. It’s a Latin expression meaning “in wine [there is] truth.” In other words, if one consumes enough of the fermented grape, sooner or later he/she will eventually tell the truth.

In Phoneography Veritas | ©Tom Palladio ImagesThe Greeks thought that was the case with the pesky Persians as they were known to make important pre-battle decisions only after consuming a lot of grape juice.

The same for the Romans who were aware that their nemesis at the time, the Germanic tribes, had a propensity to over imbibe whenever they held council meetings because they believed no one could possibly lie when inebriated.

As a lover and consumer of wine I can unequivocally state that, like Germanic council members, Persian war strategists AND George Washington, I cannot tell a lie — I love the fermented grape, too.

If in wine there is truth, then the same can be said of black-and-white (B&W) photography, as each frame is presented in its simplest form — broken down to its core — much like the words rolling off one’s tongue as the basic truth is uttered.

This being B&W’s turn on the revolving weekly iPhoneography Challenge, here are a few reds and whites in black and white, along with some of the tools of the wine-drinking trade, that I’ve titled In Phoneography Veritas.

To see more submissions in this week’s iPhoneography B&W Challenge, just click HERE.

If you occasionally shoot with an iThingie, why not join in the fun and hone your craft. There’s a rotating phoneography challenge each and every Monday. For details, visit Sally’s Lens and Pens by Sally.

Until next Monday, let your iThingie be your lens.

©The Palladian Traveler | ©Tom Palladio Images

The Palladian Traveler's Borsalino over cobblestone | ©Tom Palladio Images


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Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


  1. Very nice, although I prefer seeing the red of the wine. However, tonight I’m having a Guinness so I have B&W–white foam and black beer. Yum! 🙂 My entry goes up tomorrow morning, shortly before I hit the road for another two days of intense driving.




  2. Lovely still life study of wine. You sell them very well, particularly in your very long panoramic wine cellar 🙂 I do confess, I get drunk too easily so I’m not well schooled in the art of wine-drinking.


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