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Unusual Details of Venice: A Photo Essay

Unusual details of Venice @PennySadler 2013

Venice. What images come to your mind when you think of Venice? For many people, it’s a very romantic city. Images of gliding down the Grand Canal in a gondola are classic of Venice.

Venice is a city built on water, so you can not photograph Venice without water being in the picture… or can you?

I was recently in Venice, and couldn’t help but notice the amount of detail on almost every building. Whether it was the color of the building, the texture or an altar in the wall, my eyes were everywhere except on the water.

Most of these photos were taken around the sestieres (neighborhoods) of San Polo, San Marco, and Dorsoduro.

Join me on a photo walk of interesting details of Venice.

Unusual Details of Venice A Photo essay@PennySadler 2013

Somewhere in the Dorsoduro area

Unusual details of Venice a Photo Essay @PennySadler 2013

You’ll see this in the sestiere San Marco

Unusual details of Venice a photo essay @PennySadler 2013

Unusual details of Venice @PennySadler 2013

Unusual details of Venice @PennySadler 2013

Unusual details of Venice @PennySadler 2013

Unusual details of Venice @PennySadler 2013

Unusual details of Venice A Photo Essay @Pennysadler 2013

Detail on a church in San Polo district

Unusual details of Venice @PennySadler 2013



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  1. Lovely details, Penny. Venice is one of my favorite places but the ‘big picture’ is so spectacular I often forget to focus. The carving on the right side of the 7th photo is really intriguing. What is it–fish? mer-people?

    • Hi Lesley, thank for that. I studied that column more than once. I think fish? Would make sense anyway.

  2. Lovely details, it looks beautiful! That’s a really cool way to photography Venice, great job.

  3. Ah! Venice! Perhaps the world’s most romantic city… We never tire of visiting the city. Lovely photos…

  4. I’ve always looked at super intricate paintings this way, especially the ones inside a massive cathedral. The details are so numerous that you sort of take the whole thing in all at once, but if you look at just one tiny detail, and think about the time that went into it, you can appreciate the entire work on a totally different level.

  5. Beautiful ornamentation that often gets overlooked. Thanks!

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