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Burano Blues

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It was a crisp winter’s day just after New Year when I visited the tiny island of Burano.

These images focus on the blue colours, textures and details of the houses in one of the islands in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy.

Like Venice itself, it is an archipelago of 4 islands linked by bridges.

It is a popular travel destination known for its lace work and brightly coloured homes which are popular with artists.

The colours of the houses follow a specific system originating from the golden age of its development; if someone wishes to paint their home, one must send a request to the government.

I chose in this collection to select only the blue houses and boats.

Limited edition giclee prints are printed on Canson Infinity Edition Etching Rag, 100% cotton fine art, archival, acid free paper. Images are offered in 3 sizes and editions are limited to 50 prints altogether of any single artwork. I check each print carefully, number, sign it and wrap it in acid free tissue before delivery.

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Rustic Burano

 

The small Venetian island of Burano is known for it’s brightly coloured houses, of which there certainly are many.

I’ve made a separate collection of those images. However, some of the residents of the island have a milder taste in home decor and there is a more earthy side to Burano.

Here I’ve gathered together the rustic reds and browns of the island. Being mid winter when I visited, the most of the window shutters were closed and the canals deserted, giving a very mysterious air to the island.

Even the trusty Lion of Venice is found protecting the houses in Burano.

Limited edition giclee prints are printed on Canson Infinity Edition Etching Rag, 100% cotton fine art, archival, acid free paper. Images are offered in 3 sizes and editions are limited to 50 prints altogether of any single artwork. I check each print carefully, number, sign it and wrap it in acid free tissue before delivery.

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Colours of Burano

I recently visited the extraordinary island of Burano. It was a chilly winter’s morning and the town was quiet and peaceful. Of course, the bright houses are a photographer’s paradise and I am very partial to capturing details in architecture. The colours and textures are magnificent and I must admit that I failed with my aim of photographing every different coloured house -

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- partly because I lost track of which ones I had already captured and there were simply too many variations.As we moved away from the windy lagoon, the internal canals were still and displayed glorious reflections. I was struck by how consistent the residents of the small island have been at painting their houses such a huge variety of bright colours for so many years.

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Limited edition giclee prints are printed on Canson Infinity Edition Etching Rag, 100% cotton fine art, archival, acid free paper. Images are offered in 3 sizes and editions are limited to 50 prints altogether of any single artwork. I check each print carefully, number, sign it and wrap it in acid free tissue before delivery.

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Venice Pink

 
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Venice Details

I have put together a couple of collections of photos from Venice which were taken right after New Year 2017. It is such an over-photographed, over-painted city that we can take it for granted and become overly familiar with it, but it truly is a wonder! Everyone knows the wide view, classic pictures of Venice, but it's also nice to slow down and look at the stunning details that are all over the city.

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There is so much beauty in Venice that it is overwhelming - the only thing not to enjoy is the number of other people who also want to share the experience. But I've discovered even on a crowded day in summer, you can find quiet spots if you slip off by a side canal and allow yourself to get lost for a while. Sometimes I think the reflections are more interesting than the actual buildings. I lost count of how many times the trusty Lion of St Mark appears around the city. Who first conceived the design for the gondola? What an amazingly beautiful vessel. It's so wonderful that these quirky little boats have lasted through the years and still fill the canals in the 21st Century.


Venice Canals

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Despite the seemingly endless crowds of Venice, there is a peacefulness about the city which always attracts me. I feel transported back to a time before the Industrial Revolution. It must be a combination of the lack of cars, ancient buildings and watery streets. No wonder musicians like Mendelssohn and Vivaldi and artists such as Monet, Whistler and Turner were enamoured by the fairytale city. 

It doesn’t really matter how many artists and photographers have captured a place before, there is still a need to feel the place and capture it in a unique way. These photos were taken during the middle of winter when the light was soft and gentle.

This collection looks at canals and bridges as well as details of the beautifully crafted and well cared for gondolas. It was quite windy most of the time I visited, although I managed to find a couple of sheltered spots with glassy reflections. I was determined to find the gondola repair workshop, which we finally did, just before dark one evening, after wandering lost for quite some time.

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