Venice, once one of the World’s greatest cities, is a paradox.
Sublimely beautiful and architecturally frozen in time, visually Venice is still a city beyond compare though the weighty effects of modern mass tourism are felt everywhere by visitors and Venetians alike. It is as if the entire city has somehow unwittingly morphed into a giant set. A Disneyland for grown-ups.
Yet her ancient waterways still ply all the trade for the city and, as at the height of her fame and success, people from many nations continue to take up temporary residence behind her damp walls. It is as if she knows how to absorb the blows. I wonder if the city’s true character actually been changed at all? Perhaps things are just they have always been in Venice. Perhaps she’s just a consummately opportunistic survivor?
Go out onto her streets at night and Venice takes on an entirely new character. Mysterious, at times almost sinister, yet also exciting and dramatic. An imagined adventure awaits around every corner.
How ever you view her a visit to the Venice Carnival is a feast for both the eyes and the camera. Here a few photographs from this February’s Carnival.