Venice – White Coats in Readiness – Photo by Jed

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White Coats in Readiness

Often I visit the archives of photography I’ve done many years ago to see how my style has evolved, and to see if there are some gems that still stand out to me. Here is one that I took at least sixteen years ago using conventional 35mm film (Fuji Velvia 100) when I didn’t have the luxury of confirming I had the shot, as I envisioned it, on the spot. Oh how photography has changed with the advancements in digital technology.

Normally I stay far away from Piazza San Marco in Venice, feeling a bit claustrophobic, and so outnumbered by the throngs of tour groups – now made even more challenging with the proliferation of cruise ships docked close by. Consequently I seek out more opportunities in the in-between hours of activity – either crack-of-dawn, when it’s virtually deserted, or late afternoon when many people are sleeping off the excesses from earlier in the day.

Having written this, I am challenging myself to go back, with a creative assignment, to somehow express the madness, the claustrophobia I consciously avoid in many parts of Venice. In other words, steer into it, and use my camera to communicate my experience of feeling “overwhelmed”. Now that I’m avidly following the show Master of Photography, I’m looking to push and challenge myself with some unique assignments. And, I have to be willing to try, and to fail. Failure is often my greatest teacher.

Amazing what a trip down memory lane will yield – appreciation for what has been done, and incentive to push myself further!

To see this and other photography and paintings be sure to visit my online gallery.

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By |2016-08-16T13:59:44+02:00August 16th, 2016|Color, Exploring the Veneto|6 Comments

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I’m an American expat living in Italy!


  1. elizabeth wholey August 16, 2016 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    Love the aqua blue hue on everything, another romantic Venetian night is coming on. I can almost hear the dueling orchestras across the piazza!

    • Jed August 16, 2016 at 5:20 pm - Reply

      Elizabeth, you add the descriptions of the sounds, and that helps make it complete – the accordions, the oboes, the pianos…

  2. Kit Williams August 16, 2016 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Hi! Just love this shot Jed…
    Are you accepting applicants for olive picking this fall?

    • Jed August 16, 2016 at 5:18 pm - Reply

      You betcha!!!! Trees look pretty full this year. I think I have about 18 trees worth picking. Late November? Would love to host you here! xoxox, Jed

      • Kit Williams August 16, 2016 at 6:35 pm - Reply

        Whenever works best for you!

        • Jed August 16, 2016 at 8:12 pm - Reply

          We’ll work something out! I’ll be in touch. Excited at the prospect of seeing you on this side of Atlantic!

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