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Venice by Night

Our Italian trip started with a few nights in Venice.  We had spent a week here 4 years previously but that was BP – Before Photography (or at least what photography has become for us – shooting in raw, looking beyond the obvious, envisaging the world in black and white).  So, unsurprisingly, we took a lot of photos.  This blog post focuses on Venice by night.

We have to start with a fairly classic view.  We stayed in a pensione opposite the Santo Stefano church, a short walk from this bridge which attracts many tourists snapping away whether with mobile phones on selfie sticks or full frame cameras; it is a beautiful spot with domes of the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute in the distance.

Classic Grand Canal by Night, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Classic Grand Canal by Night, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

The bridge is itself lit with these rather rickety-looking lights which had a slightly sinister tinge when you are passing over the deserted bridge late at night.

The Light On The Bridge, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
The Light On The Bridge, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

Once back over the bridge, the Campo Santo Stefano is a popular hangout with restaurants and the best Gelateria we found in Venice, the Paolin.  Perhaps that’s why so many families lingered in the square – this one playing with toy lights.

Playing with lights, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Playing with lights, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

This stall outside our pensione sold such toys along with all sorts of other vital supplies – even at night, Italians might need to buy some sun glasses.

The Salesman, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
The Salesman, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

Despite being main thoroughfares, canals are generally unlit beyond the light which reflects from the buildings and narrow lanes between the buildings.  This makes for interesting reflections.

Shadows on the canal, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Shadows on the canal, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

Or darkness which sets the architecture off beautifully.

Lighting Up The Darkness, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Lighting Up The Darkness, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

As everywhere, smokers can be found lurking in dark corners.

The Cigarette, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
The Cigarette, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

There was an event at the local theatre which looked like a graduation party with everyone done up to the nines – this group were being waved off by their parents at the start of their evening.

Looking Up, Vencie. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Looking Up, Venice. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

Venice by day – and many more – to follow.

Author: knicksen

henni.photo brings together Lynn Henni who has studied photography and film-making and Paul Henni who has a background as a freelance designer and sculptor. Their interest in urban imagery combined with a lifetime of living in and exploring their home city of Edinburgh brings a unique perspective to this beautiful and multi-faceted place. Sometimes gritty, often unexpected, their images present an insider’s perspective on the city.

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