Photo Hotspots

Piazza San Marco

Murano

Grand Canal

Rialto Bridge

Certosa

Basilica Di Santa Maria Della Salute

Santa Maria Degli Angeli

Riva Degli Schiavoni

Bridge Of Sighs

Harry's Bar

Calle Larga XXII Marzo

Campo Santo Stefano

Rio De La Fava

Pesaro Palace & Ca’ D’ Oro

Rialto Market

Tribunale Amministrativo Regionale

Campo San Polo

Guglie

Tronchetto

Fondamenta Dei Vertrai

Colour Gallery

Venice in August isn’t really advisable due to massive overcrowding & the intense heat but after a last minute change of plan to visit Val d’Orcia in Tuscany I had instead just four days at hand & decided on a short trip to Venice with the bus from Munich. From those four days I slept just once in a Hotel on the island of Certosa while the rest of my time was spent shooting material day & night, especially at night where the lagoon city is so peaceful. During the day though it was unbearable, too warm & way too many people. Like ants marching through the tight lanes, barely taking in what they were passing, others only interested in the boutiques & special offers in souvenir shops, totally crazy. I am nonetheless happy that I was there to document a few of those magical photographic opportunities & hopefully also to of captured a little of that mystical, romantic atmosphere that only Venice has to offer.

Venice is larger than one would think, especially when seen from the Campanile di San Marco.

“To build a city where it is impossible to build a city is madness in itself, but to build there one of the most elegant & grandest of cities is the madness of genius.”

– Alexander Herzen

“The winter light in this city! It has the extraordinary property of enhancing your eye’s power of resolution to the point of microscopic precision—the pupil humbles any Hasselblad lens & develops your subsequent memories to National Geographic sharpness. The sky is brisk blue, the sun, escaping its golden likeness beneath the foot of San Giorgio, sashays over the countless fish scales of the lagoon’s lapping ripples; behind you, under the colonnades of the Palazzo Ducale, a bunch of stocky fellows in fur coats are revving up Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, just for you, slumped in your white chair & squinting at the pigeons’ maddening gambits on the chessboard of a vast piazza. The espresso at your cup’s bottom is the only small black dot in, you feel, a miles-long radius.”

―Joseph Brodsky

“I loved her from my boyhood,—she to me
Was as a fairy city of the heart,
Rising like water-columns from the sea,
Of joy the sojourn & of wealth the mart;
And Otway, Radcliffe, Schiller, Shakespeare’s art,
Had stamped her image in me, & even so,
Although I found her thus, we did not part,
Perchance even dearer in her day of woe
Than when she was a boast, a marvel, & a show”

– Lord Byron, Venice

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Did You Know?

Venice is becoming a ghost town. In the past 50 years the population has declined from 120,000 to 66,000 due to a number of factors: Primarily Venice hasn’t a long term future due to the ever rising water pegel & deteriorating foundations making restoration work extremely difficult & expensive. Then there is the overcrowding of the lagoon in the summer months from tourists making living conditions almost unbearable for the locals.

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