Venice Revisited 8

August 27, 2008  •  Leave a Comment

Taking pictures is a capture the moment exercise. I find that using a lighter camera allows me to take a quick picture of something that will be there, and then not. That's what happened with this picture of two bakers. As we walked down a pathway I glanced to the left down a side path (there's no other way to describe them.) I noticed these two men leaning against the walls taking a cigarette break. I quickly got a shot of them. We took a few more steps and I had second thoughts about weather I'd gotten s good shot, we turned back, perhaps no more than 3 or 4 yards and when I got back the two men were gone. They were there only seconds before. But, I'd captured the moment.

Crossing the Bridge of Bighs from the Doge's Palace I glanced out of the windows of the enclosed bridge to the small canal below that led to the Grand Canal beyond. The Bridge of Sighs connects with the Venetian prison. From this bridge a prisoner would be led to his cell after being convicted in the courtroom in the palace. It was a short walk from freedom to imprisonment. We wandered through the prision which is now a museum. We noted on one cell wall the words "I'm innocent, truly innocent" was carved into the plaster wall. The author didn't sign his plea.
Walking the "streets" I noticed other small details. This was one. A bright blue awning hung over a window of a bright rust red house. One more small detail added to my wonder of the place. One other detail that's also visible is the ubiquitous TV antenna that was on top of virtually every building in Venice. We're all connected to Marshall McCluhan's Global Village.

Have you been to Venice? What are your memories of it. Do you have pictures that capture some small, but evocative moment? What is your approach to photography? Are you a snapshot taker, or do you try for something more deliberate or expressive? I'd like to hear from you.

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