So here we have the usual cliché shot of gondolas with St Mark's basin beyond and the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in the distance. What makes this version different, apart from the lack of blue from the tarpaulins of the boats, is that I made San Giorgio the focal point and allowed the rest to look … Continue reading The Gathering Storm (Venezia 287)
The view across St Mark's Basin to San Giorgio Maggiore is one of this postcard cliché shots which demands a row of blue-tarped gondole vying for your attention in the foreground. I've succumbed to the temptation myself. But not today.
'Dear Prime Minister, dear Minister, 'Having prevailed against flood, pestilence, and war for more than thirteen centuries, Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic, and unparalleled UNESCO Word Heritage site, now, in a moment of relative tranquility, finds herself mortally threatened by the daily transit of gargantuan ocean liners, indifferent to the probable risk of catastrophe. … Continue reading Behemoth (Venezia 158)
The shot across the channel to Giudecca is a classic; it has content that gives the image depth (Giudecca in the background, the lagoon and any vessels upon it in the mid ground, and a few gondole with their mooring posts in the foreground. The picture is usually enhanced by the deep blue of the tarpaulins that … Continue reading Awash (Venezia 67)
I know, I know. I've used spot colour, a technique that I usually despise but first let me explain myself. This is Giudecca, a long strip of land separated from the other central Venetian islands by the Giudecca Canal, but unlike Lido, close enough to form part of one of the six distinct districts (sestiere) of the … Continue reading Giudecca (Venezia 26)