Hi from Venice. We arrived here Saturday afternoon to hard light, pressing crowds of tourists, and endless kiosks selling kitsch. As always my own expectations and the reality of the place collided. But we walked, afternoon turned to evening, and slowly the Venice I wanted to shoot emerged. I suspect Venice will be, for me, a place best shot in the twilight hours, when the tourists are in bed and I can see the place without the throngs of people.
There are plenty of stories here, and for a documentary photographer there’s plenty of new world meets old world kind of stuff going on. But I’m here to photograph this place through the filter of my feelings, my expectations, and the way I most enjoy it. So I have the luxury of seeking the images I’m most drawn to, and being surprised by serendipitous moments, at the times I like best. And in the middle of the day I’m going shopping, writing, and finding something spectacular to eat or drink!
We have the bulk of the last Italy Within The Frame team still here with us and we’ve got two full days of exploring together before we all go home. I’m looking forward to having some downtime, but this team is full of vibrant exciting people that have become friends. We work well together, teach each other, and inspire each other. When they leave I’m scheduled to (1) relax for a couple minutes, possibly a whole hour, then (2) begin working on my next book, but I’ll miss them like crazy.
Hope this finds you well. Wish you were here! 🙂