The author, the car, the life: Konstantin Arnold and the Amalfi Coast
Mr. Arnold, you sent us a captivating story with great shots for the current ramp #56. Without wanting to give too much away yet: What is your text about? Is it at all possible to summarize it briefly?
It's about timelessness and the very search for it. It's about taking your infatuation to the most beautiful places and becoming intoxicated with it in this environment. Normally, a gas station and cigarettes are enough for a couple in love, so sometimes it's not so easy to be very happy even with a lot.
Your route through southern Italy?
Naples, Ravello, Bernalda, Taormina, Palermo.
"It's about timelessness and the very search for it. It's about taking your infatuation to the most beautiful places."
Besides the right company and the right vehicle: What are your perfect road trip ingredients?
Time and cigarettes. Some destination, doesn't have to be a grand hotel - but it is nice to wash off the road trip. A notebook. The beach never far. An open white shirt and a straw hat. A place to eat at noon, and a boardwalk to walk off the wine before moving on.
Among the photos in our magazine, do you have a personal favorite shot from your trip on the Amalfi Coast? And why?
That's how I imagine paradise. Eternity a doorway wide open, a soundlessly blowing curtain moved by a breeze that dries you after you have freed yourself from a certain feeling. Watching a curtain blow for a while before you freshen up, put on lotion, sit at the bar and wait for your girlfriend over aperitifs and notes.
Can you also share an insider tip with our readers, in case they want to visit this region as well?
Stop at places you would normally just drive through. Drive off the beaten path and have a drink with old men who have only loved one woman in their lives and had one job. Especially on the route Ravello-Bernalda and Taormina-Palermo there are many of them. Then it's not even about how many places you see, but how much you can see in each of them.
And what makes this area so special for yourself?
Homer's poetry of the gods and Hölderlin's attempt to imitate it. The light!
"Stop at places you would normally just drive through. Drive off the beaten path and have a drink with old men who have only loved one woman in their lives and had one job."
You are a freelance writer and obviously a real summer person. In conclusion, what else should we definitely know about Konstantin Arnold?
That I live on my passions and that my book »Libertin - Letters from Lisbon« was published in 2020. That's supposed to be filmed once some cash falls from the sky,so if s anyone out there is interested…(www.libertin-film.com) (laughs)
The text printed in ramp #56 is an excerpt of an original seven-page story by Konstantin Arnold. It is part of the series "On the tracks of the beautiful life", which is set to be published in a book.