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Tales from a Fractured Folly: 6th October 2017

Bertie likes to start his day bathing in the morning sun when it’s shines through the landing window onto his bedtime perch. He’s a smashing little feller, very loving, always runs to say hello if he’s home when I get in, loves his tummy rubbing (and doesn’t ever do that cat thing)

Groovy Word of the day: familiar


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Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Empty

An empty Corner of Venice

Loving can cost a lot but not loving always costs more, and those who fear to love often find that want of love is an emptiness that robs the joy from life.

Merle Shain

Here is a Link To Ese’s fun Challenge – http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/ese-s-weekly-shootquote-challenge-empty/

Venice is jam pack full of tourists. I almost think its existence has been given over to tourism. And yet it is a city that thrives on it and embraces it. Venice absorbs the tourists and allows you still to enjoy it beauty and fascination. In truth it is quite easy to find a corner of Venice and hog it to your chest as your own piece of Venice devoid of all others. But Venice is a place you should go to with your lover. Not to do so and it will make you confront  your emptiness and loneliness that in normal life you can hide and disguise and avoid facing up to.

 

 


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Venice – Venicescape Part Two

These are the more general shots, vistas, panoramas, landscapes, cityscapes – you get the idea – and we shot them over the three days we spent exploring Venice. There are a lot of them so we have blogged them in two halves and this is the second set in our Venicescape theme. I would hope that after seeing our photos from Venice it would make you want to visit this beautiful city. It has certainly left a lasting impression on us and God willing it won’t be too long before we return. We were armed with the Fuji X-E1 with the 18-50 lens, which is a perfect walk around set up and the Canon 400D with the 70-300mm Sigma zoom. Most of the shots are from the Fuji but between the two cameras we had most bases covered.


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Venice – Venicescape Part One

These are the more general shots, vistas, panoramas, landscapes, cityscapes – you get the idea – and we shot them over the three days we spent exploring Venice. There are a lot of them so we have blogged them in two halves. I would hope that after seeing our photos from Venice it would make you want to visit this beautiful city. It has certainly left a lasting impression on us and God willing it won’t be too long before we return. We were armed with the Fuji X-E1 with the 18-50 lens, which is a perfect walk around set up and the Canon 400D with the 70-300mm Sigma zoom. Most of the shots are from the Fuji but between the two cameras we had most bases covered.


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Venice – Statues

This is just a collection of photos of statues that we grabbed as we wandered around Venice. I have not long read Dan Brown’s Inferno so check out the four horses atop St Mark’s Basilica. Were the heads removed and the cut disguised by harnesses around the horses’ necks as he speculates?  Check out the two statues either side of the huge bell on St Mark’s Square. Look at them from above and note the fine steps leading to the bell, it all amazes me. the lion in St Mark’s Square is a handsome fella too.


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Venice – The Market

The fruit and vegetable and fish markets are along the Grand Canal by the Rialto Bridge on the San Polo bank. We could have spent the whole day there photographing the stalls and the people, while soaking up the atmosphere and buzz of the place, whereas in truth, we were there for probably less than an hour as we meandered around Venice. When every corner, every turn, every new canal, begs to be photographed you feel like you get pulled through the city drugged by its wonder.


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Venice – Street

We were pleased with our photographs from our three day visit to Venice. This set – Street – is an attempt to capture the reality, the hustle, the bustle, the rest and the pause. We mix in the reality, such as the refuse collection and the street cleaning, with the hustle of the market and the bustle of the Rialto Bridge. We capture the pause, such as the gondolier grabbing a quick drink mid shift, with the rest of the gondoliers relaxing in their gondolas. Everywhere we looked there was a photograph to be taken and we are pleased with the way this set captures the streets, walkways and canals of Venice. After this we will look at the market, the statues, panoramas, and the cityscape of Venice, but for now we hope you enjoy Venice – Street.