about this limited edition photograph:
I learned two things about Venice during this trip: 1) It floods twice a day throughout winter and 2) It’s cold in the morning.
When I say cold, I mean really cold. Bone-shatteringly freezing, in fact. But getting the early morning vaporetto across the Grand Canal to San Marco was a new experience, and I got to see the city slowly come to life as people began to set up for work.
But there was something strange – people weren’t just opening shops, they were boarding up doors. Raised platforms were being set up, like elevated pedestrian expressways all around the city with seemingly regular occasion. And then an alarm sounded, over and over again. Ah, so that was why there were reports of flooding the day before – it’s not just one day, it’s every day (at high tides) during the winter that the entire city gets beaten by the sea into being 50cm below the water.
Clicking away, it was great for a short while – the gondolas moved gracefully throughout my long exposure and the pre-dawn lights of San Giorgio sat perfectly in the distance of the frame. Then it happened, the only thing worse than being freezing cold on a dark morning: being freezing cold and wet. A quick pack-up later, and back on the water-bus. In a matter of hours the entire city was covered in water, including the areas around our hotel. Still, I got the shot just in time.
Location: Venice, Italy
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