A popular image of Venice would be the shot down a narrow canal, the sea-green waters narrowing between ochre walls and drawing your eye past blue topped gondole, past a delicate bridge or two, to a focal point in the distance provided by one of the cities multitude of campanile.
Shoot at the right time of day and you can ensure that those bridges aren’t thronged with brightly coloured T-shirts, but the one thing that you can’t control is the traffic.
It’s rare to find such a scene populated with a moored gondola or two; most of the boats that line the rii are small motor boats which don’t really have the same aesthetic appeal.
So I found my location; narrow waterway, small bridge, and not just any campanile but of course there’s a barge there to spoil it all. I began to understand how Venetian fashion shoots work; the model isn’t just there to make the clothes look good; they also mask the bits you don’t want in shot!