Enchanting Venice – New Photos

Gondola, gondola…

…the shouts of the Venetian gondolieri to attract new clients are always ringing in my ears when I think of Venice. But there are so many more impressions and images floating before my mind immediately: the smell of the salt water lagoon, the wind in my hair on the vaporetto, the pale winter sun warming me gently on mild January days, the soft rocking and gurgling of the gondole in the water, the broad smile of Fabio in my favorite trattoria, the mouthwatering sight of piles of tramezzini, the wonderful coffee breaks in “Francescas’s” pasticceria, all the colorful reflections in the channels creating new abstract art work time and again, the delight of discovering new charming sights right around the corner or the fog that sometimes puts a veil on all urban noise and clutter leaving out only the essentials…

Way out in the Venetian Lagoon there’s Burano, a tiny fishermen’s island, and although it belongs to Venice it looks completely different. It’s been known for its luxurious skillful needlework for over 500 years and for its colorful little houses which are reflected in the channels. The legend says that the fishermen have painted their houses so brightly so that they would find their way home in foggy nights or when they have had one too many…. Needless to say that the picturesque island attracts photographers and painters likewise. When I’m in Venice I always spend a couple of nights on Burano; I just love the quiet mornings and evenings before and after the daily invasion of the tourists when the island belongs only to the islanders… and a little bit to me, too …☺️

These pictures like so many more have slumbered on the hard disc of my computer for years. The lockdown due to the Corona Pandemic which forced me to cancel or postpone several trips finally gave me the necessary spare time to look through and (newly) process the flood of photos I have taken in Venice over the years. Working on these pictures was like a virtual journey to Venice bringing back so many wonderful moments… I very much hope to be able to once more travel to Venice this fall, to make sure that all my friends there have bravely endured the Corona Pandemic and to continue working on my projects “Long exposures” and “Impressionist Venice”…

January 2014 – November 2019