Lemons, Bottle and Stromboli

A limited edition Aeolian Island dreamscape

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Lemons, Bottle and Stromboli

This view of Panarea by Adam Butler is available in any custom size in a single panel up to 240 x 500cm. Please contact me for details

Lemons, Bottle and Stromboli is an image I shot when I was just starting as a photographer. I knew that wandering around shooting things by chance was not what a creative artist would do, there must be more to image making than opportunism and luck. So I sought out objects that evoked the colours, textures, contrasts and spirit of the Mediterranean and in particular of the Aeolian Islands. See more of these images in my Aeolian Still Lifes gallery.

This image is all about just these concepts – light, tones, textures and contrasts. I had no idea how much this picture has been appreciated since I took it back in 1995. People still say to me…”are you the person who did that picture of the lemons in a basket?” Of course mainly within the geographical limits of the small island of Panarea…not globally).

I have also sold many many prints of this in all sizes – and they are still available on my website. I still love looking at that rich blue colour – Yves Klein has nothing on the blue of the Aeolian islands!) and those lemons are just scrumptious. The texture of the basket and crisp white wall give interest to the scene but it is still dominated by the looming Stromboli on the horizon, a triangular geometry which gives structure and gravity to the composition.

The original image was shot on Fuji Velvia film with a Hasselblad and 150mm Sonnar lens. I scanned it in some years ago to digitise the image but it took me hours of work on Photoshop to get the exact tones and contrasts of the original transparency – but I am glad I did as the image is now better than before and prints come out just incredibly well and the lemons and bottle assume a wonderful three dimensionality that is so evocative of the timeless space and elemental beauty of the Aeolian Islands. This spirit of the Mediterranean is what I try to evoke in all of my work, and here it is in all of its beautiful glory.

This image of Lemons, Bottle and Stromboli along with its companion “Lemons, Lantern and Stromboli“, is one of my most popular images, a photograph which still makes me dream today despite having done it at the beginning of my career as a photographer, and one which I chose for the cover of my first book of Panarea photographs.

Bougainvillea, Terrace and Stromboli



Lose yourself in the Mediterranean and the very essence of the Aeolian Islands with Adam’s sunny and unique collection of the pristinely beautiful Panarea

Limited edition

This image is in a limited edition of 100.

Each print comes with a certificate of authenticity which also signed, numbered and dated.

All of my prints are signed with edition number and title beneath the printed area, which you can decide whether or not to show when mounting and framing. See a video of me doing this.

Acrylic glass prints will have a small and faint embedded digital signature at lower right or lower left.

Lifetime guarantee

Each print is either printed by me, or in professional labs in the UK or Europe, and each is carefully checked before sending it out to you.

Your print also comes with a lifetime guarantee*.

Unframed prints are shipped out to you in cardboard tubes, framed or mounted pictures in specially made crates.

*Assuming they are not left in direct sunlight or in excessively humid locations.

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I always have a selection of images in my house in central London that you can come to see in real life before committing to a purchase. Contact me to arrange a viewing.

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