|sunrise, Riva del Schiavoni|
© Teresa Newham 2011
We recently went to Venice. It was our honeymoon, in fact - and a more romantic place I can't think of. Canals, gondolas, churches, palaces - and no traffic. Bitterly cold weather but sunny most of the time; it was just before the Carnival so masks and costumes abounded but the city was not too crowded. As we walked the streets hand-in-hand for four days, I still found time to take over 400 photos . . . some are the usual holiday snaps, some I will turn into prints and cards, some I will use as the basis for watercolours and printmaking.
And the handful I've posted to the photos on the run page on my websiteare exactly that - snatched in a hurry or at random, some at waist level, some point-and-shoot-and-hope-for-the-best. There's a shop window - one of my favourite subjects, as you can get some great reflections. And one of some sunshine hitting shutters in such a way to turn them to copper colour. Carnival masks - I used to find these quite creepy but in context they are striking and full of local colour.
I would love to visit Venice again some time. Still, she's given me enough inspiration to last for a while!