About Passante


“It is all passing! It is past! No, I am here …”
John Ashbery, The Skaters, II




I was born and grew up in London. I lived briefly in Germany then for longer in Detroit. My body now lives in Washington, D.C., but my spirit lives in Italy.

I observe, I photograph, and I write—as I pass through.

9 Responses to About Passante

  1. Jenny says:

    When did you live in Detroit? I grew up there (moved away in mid-80’s after college – parents still live there.)

  2. Gerald says:

    Just been reading Passante’s World. Loved the posts about Wikipedia and the mother with the toddler in the shopping cart.

    I’m going to put a link to PW in my new blog.

    My other blog Hyde DP has a link to your DP

    Hope you had a good time in Italy and London

  3. Celeste says:

    My family name is also Passante. Is your family from Italy? Mine is from a little town in Abruzzi called Salle.

  4. passante says:


    Passante has nothing to do with my family name. I chose it as an alias because it means “passer by” in both French and Italian.

  5. Celeste says:

    Oh too bad, I’m having a tough time tracking down any of my Italian relatives. Nice site, I’ve enjoyed your pictures.

  6. mandy says:

    Thanks for visiting me.

    I’ve added you to my links.

  7. Chris says:

    My last name is Passante, enjoyed the Blog, I believe it also means heavy in Sicilian. Kind of comforting when I see my name out there, don’t know why, just is.

  8. Vic says:

    I am, yet, one more Passante out there. My family is also from the province of Abbruzzi but from a small mountain village called Abbateggio. Passante is a music term which means to “play heavy”…I’ve heard the “to pass or passerby” definition before, too.
    I like the site. I’ve justed posted one at Passante-Arts.com. It’s for a tour business I have.

  9. Passante (another one!) says:


    I Love your blog!!!
    As you see, ur alias is actually my 1st name (i’m a female though), so it was nice to come across ur blog.

    i really like how u write.

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