Color Thrives in the Venice Snow

Welcome to Episode 2 of Venice Snow!

And a healthy splash of color. I so appreciate the enthusiastic responses to last week’s post, which featured the Venice snow through a filter of black and white. Such images, devoid of color, can’t help but elevate the sense of extreme cold. But I would be remiss if I didn’t share the impact of color in this second installment, so here goes!

Jed Smith Photography, Venice Snow

An Arrival of Color © 2018 Jed Smith

Daily functions and services keep at it.

Could it be? Yes, the DHL “truck” out and about for deliveries. I love how this boat and these flaming-red fellas provide such an artistic contrast to the blue-tinted Venice snow. I couldn’t have asked for better styling!

Jed Smith Photography, Venice Snow

Salt © 2018 Jed Smith

The salt brigade was out in full force.

Navigating Venice can be a little treacherous even in the best of weather, with uneven pavement, a gazillion bridges, and a city always swarming with tourists. I saw these salt guys everywhere, and I was thankful their efforts helped provide me sure footing for most of my wanderings. Taking a spill with my beautiful camera and lens surely would’ve been a creativity killer, not to mention a bone breaker.

Jed Smith Photography, Venice Snow

Under the Snow at the Rialto © 2018 Jed Smith


Jed Smith Photography, Venice Snow

And the Beat Goes On © 2018 Jed Smith

Workers are adept at dealing with the Venice snow.

Yeah, it slows things down a bit, but watching the workers around the Rialto bridge showed me these guys are prepared. They certainly weren’t scrambling as if they’d never dealt with snow before. Fortunately, this kind of weather is an infrequent occurrence.

Jed Smith Photography, Venice Snow

Walk On By © 2018 Jed Smith

In Piazza San Marco the bars and cafes wait for better weather.

And they provide a different take on a square that is normally packed with people happily enjoying pricey aperitivi and small bites, all while being serenaded by the small ensembles of musicians.

And the tourists…

I close with this image of a man I’m sure is a tourist. His camera is looped around his neck and he holds his umbrella while lighting a cigarette and navigating the steps adjacent to the Bridge of Sighs. This guy loves having his smoke, even in the midst of a small blizzard. Gotta love it!

So, with this moment of levity, I close my story and experience of Venice in the snow. I’ve been waiting five years for this opportunity. Will it be another five? Who knows, but I’ll be keeping my eyes glued to the local weather forecast and I’ll be sure to be at it again if Venice snow again makes such a dramatic appearance.

If you’re enjoying my photography there’s plenty more to be seen on my Instagram account of the same name, Italywise.

By |2019-01-19T21:05:16+01:00March 14th, 2018|A Romance with Venice, Color, Exploring the Veneto|8 Comments

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I’m an American expat living in Italy!


  1. Carolyn March 15, 2018 at 3:50 am - Reply

    Thanks very beautiful.

    • Jed March 15, 2018 at 12:37 pm - Reply


  2. Diane Alexander March 14, 2018 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    Jed, I am speechless. Wow! I love the contrast of colors with the snow. You have captured so many details and colors in them and the stories they tell. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Jed March 14, 2018 at 3:33 pm - Reply

      Diane, you’re too kind! These images are just scratching the surface. I was so fortunate to be given such a radically different “stage set” in which to view Venice!

  3. Chip Meeks March 14, 2018 at 11:35 am - Reply

    Another good go at it! Thanks and have a great week!

    • Jed March 14, 2018 at 3:32 pm - Reply

      You too, Chip. Thanks!

  4. Nancy March 14, 2018 at 11:33 am - Reply

    Loved all your Venice images! Can’t choose which I like better…black and white, or with splashes of color! I’m happy you managed to get out there to show us Venezia nella neve!

    • Jed March 14, 2018 at 3:31 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Nancy. I’m torn as well between color and black and white. Hope you are mending nicely! Jed

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