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.
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.
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 - 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.