On the Rialto bridge of Venice.
A THOUGHT :
We recognize and read reality depending on our knowledge.
We understand reality through the knowledge that we have to our disposal.
This picture was taken before Covid-19. It was taken in Venice on the bottom of the Rialto bridge, in the heart of the city. For centuries humans flock over the bridge to reach the other side of the Grand Canal. It is a view from the bridge down onto a shop, which has in it's window a small Murano glass figurine. The figure is inspired by Munch's « THE SCREAM » painting (see next).
It is exposed in the first row of the shop window. In the reflection of the window we can see a mass of people walking down the steps towards the shop. The figurine looks at the crowd walking towards it.
I took this picture because it made me think of the problematic that Venice went through at that time (2013). The problem of « over-tourism » it has suffered in the last decade. I saw in the figure Venice represented. The city seems to scream under the weight of crowds that move on its streets and water ways. The weight of people and their expectations.
At this time, years of discussions about finding and funding a solution to the problem and its secondary affects on economy and the environment have passed by.
BACK TO OUR THOUGHT:
Our interpretation of our surroundings changes with time and events that occur in our life. Covid-19 has changed the world, our all reality and nothing is anymore as it was.
Venice's reality has changed. The total « lock down » of Venice, the absence of cruise ships, or other tourists or travelers - for months. The discussion has changed, the problems have changed. The situation is very different and right now it seems that big cruiseships are not allowed anymore in Venice. For how long? Challenges are new ones...
What happens to our photo? We can read and interpret it today in a very different way than few months ago, because our reality and experience has changed.
What represents this photography today ?
A warning ? A memory ? Good old times ? The future ? An outlook when travelers come back ? Is it the past, the future, a dream ?
THIS PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDES US NOT ONLY WITH SEVERAL LAYERS OF OPTICAL DIMENSIONS BUT ALSO OF INTERPRETATIONS AND STORIES.
A thought provoking and dense composition created in one of the most exceptional cities in our world.