A few months ago, in March, I was so lucky to finish beforehand all the exams of the semester, so I decided to spend two whole days in Venice and take a lot of pictures. Obviously Venice offers great opportunities to shoot some great architectural subjects, but what I like the most are the people on the streets, so...
The island of Venice is wonderful, full of historical buildings and monuments; everything is unique, because this historical center has not been modified so much during the last centuries, so it has all its old charm now as it had many decades ago.
I’m very lucky, because I live in Padova (Padua), which is about 30km from Venice, so it’s very easy for me to visit it. While tourists usually take pictures of monuments, the square, historical places, and buildings, I’m more attracted to regular people and ordinary buildings (like houses, shops, schools, and strange spots) of the place I’m visiting. I think that this kind of approach can help one understand how it’s really like to live in that place.
I felt the difference between me and the tourists when I realized that they tend to stare at me while photographing, because of my analog cameras (I used to bring with me always two cameras: LC-A and LC-Wide). It was great to feel different and it was wonderful to see them with their big and heavy digital grind, trying to focus any possible details of monuments with their powerful zoom.
People could be the more interesting part of a place you’re visiting, if they’re peculiar or simply interesting in their way of living; this is the case of Venice residents, because they live in a place which is profoundly different from any other historical center of the world. You’ll realize about the dilation of time once you arrive in Venice and get off the train: people have a completely different mood and life seems slower; this maybe happens because of the lack of cars, metros, taxis, buses or just because the people are used to taking life slowly.
This main feature of living in Venice is shown in my pictures were shot in those two days.