Venice has recently been nominated as the most beautiful city of the world, as a tourist destination. I was born in the nearest town to Venice, called Padua (or Padova), so it has been always so simple for me to go to Venice for the Carnival or just to walk.
I have always been a fan of going alone to wander around places and discover secret or simply less-known spots. Staying with someone is a pleasure, but you lose focus on the space around you, or because you speak with your mate/s or because you simply don’t want to lose yourself in the middle of the town, metropolis, forest, etc.
What’s extraordinary about Venice is that you cannot really say “Oh I know Venice!”. Even people who live in Venice for two, three or four years, cannot really say to know this town; the truth is that you continue discovering new places and spots, even though is a little town on an island.
Going around alone suits the geography of Venice perfectly, with the little streets and the labyrinth urban space. In particular, if you have a model, backgrounds are unique in this town and you will surely have a great effect with portraits in those spaces. Usually landscape in portrait photography don’t have really a historical meaning or simply they don’t “say” anything at all; when you use Venice landscapes in portrait photography the result is quite magical, in my humble opinion.
What’s so special about that? Well, Venice is not made of stones, water and Gondolas, but is made of history. I personally like the contrast between a “modern model” and the ancient details of a very old and unique town like Venice. Just imagine a model with modern indie or hipster clothes, in Venice landscape: the contrast between new and historical will produce a magical oxymoron in your pictures.
Alessandro Panelli (aka yo.panic or .panic) is a Medicine and Surgery student, a photographer and a writer from Padova (Italy, near Venice). Read more about Alessandro’s work and life here or add him on Facebook or Google+.