This is one of my all-time favorite photographs. It featured several years ago in one of my essays on Venice and it has a prominent spot in the slider at the top of the blog’s homepage.
I am standing on the stern of a Grand Canal vaporetto that is gliding towards Piazza San Marco. It is late afternoon; the sun is low enough to herald the impending arrival of the “blue hour”. The great church of Santa Maria della Salute that we have just left behind is the main feature of the background. In the foreground, a gondola is crossing the expanse of the canal. Another gondola – and a few more motor boats – are visible further back.
It all combines into an instantly recognizable, relatively uncluttered, and surprisingly well-executed postcard from one of my favorite cities in the world.
Enjoy it with me!