There are many fascinating cities to visit across Europe, but none more so than Venice. The place is just so different. From the moment you get off the bus after crossing the bridge from the main land you notice how different this place is. The lack of roads and cars change the way of life for Venice’s residents, and us tourists. It is a pain dragging your luggage through the little alcoves, having to go up and down steps and over bridges. All this to finally get to your hotel that looks run down, has dim lighting and the room isn’t very big. But that is the charm of the place, this is why we are here.
Photographers love Venice, and why wouldn’t they? There is so much there to take photos of, while we have seen the same shots time and time again, there is always something new to see and shoot. I returned for my second visit last year. I was aiming to take photos in completely different locations and not repeating what I did previously. Yet, the weather forecast promising fog each morning meant my plans changed. I would love to shoot Venice in fog! I’ve seen many a photo of the city in the fog, and like most locations, the lack of visibility makes the photos even better. While the apps on my phone were all saying fog, each and every morning there was none, possibly a slight mist out in the lagoon one morning. The only real fog I saw the whole trip was at the airport when I was flying back to London.
Disappointed not to have fog of course, but still many photos taken on this trip. Some from the same locations I’d previously visited but many new places were explored too.
After my first visit to Venice I was asked to contribute to a book, a book about Venice. Dream of Venice in Black and White
The book has been put together really nicely, I’d certainly recommend it. Plenty of photographic inspiration in there from different photographers with different styles, yet all in black and white.
I was asked to do a little interview for Ytali, this can be read here: Tony Sellen – The Timelessness of Monochrome
This, or next year I hope to return again to Venice. It’s a dream photography location that I don’t think you can ever get bored with. There are many more photographs to be had and plenty of areas to explore.
You can see a selection of my Venice photo here: My Venice Gallery Some images are new and others are from my first trip, I hope you enjoy looking through.
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