What could possibly be written about Venice that hasn't been already - not much that's for sure. We all know it's a city of small islands (117) formed by lots and lots of canals (177) in a shallow lagoon just off the Adriatic. It's leadership in historical maritime trade is well known as is it's craftmanship in architecture, glass, and even lace. We all know it's special and believed to be sinking - albeit slowly. "Elegant decay" has been used to describe this unique city with streets of water.
What could possibly be photographed in Venice that hasn't been photographed tens of millions of times? Not much, but that didn't take away the thrill of being there and capturing our own images. In many ways, Venice is a photographer's dream because it's truly best to shoot her early in the morning, and in the evening and at night - when the throngs of tourists are tucked away in restaurants or their hotel rooms. Said another way, anyone "in their right mind" would avoid shooting Venice in the middle of the day because there are 50,000 tourists milling about the squares and alleyways, and they can't get out of your way (nor are they inclined to), and then, of course, there is the sun!
Peter and I had the great good fortune to spend 12 days in Venice this past May which enabled us to experience this beautiful city as tourists first with all the unbridled excitement we couldn't have controlled if we'd wanted to, and then as a photography-loving individuals trying to capture images that conveyed the feelings and thoughts that this city evoked in us. Both experiences were rewarding for us, although looking at and experiencing Venice with no sense of time pressure was a true luxury. It was also especially rewarding as we joined a group of 8 like-minded individuals in the middle of our stay for a photography adventure,Venice Within The Frame, led by David duChemin and Jeffrey Chapman. We shared perspectives, knowledge and technology with one another, spurred each other on (some of us at amazing hours), and laughed over food and wine as one day closed to another's beginning. Those days in Venice we'll never forget.
As many of you expect to see a recounting of "what we saw" this slide show hopefully will not disappoint, but I also hope that some of you may detect a more accute attention to perspective, detail, color, and maybe even story.
Photos and Slide show ©2012 Claudia Ward
Music: William Tell: Dance for Six by Eugine Ormandy & The Philadelphia Orchestra
Dinner Classics: The Italian Album