I initially thought about writing a short introduction about Venice and its canals. But then I decided to abandon this idea because they are a well-known phenomenon and there are so many of them that it is very difficult to make a frame without a canal present in it. Because the whole essence of Venice lies in its canals.

Venice. Grand Canal, Railroad station. Hahnemuhle Veneto 325g watercolor paper, Fomaspeed liquid photographic emulsion. © Sasha Krasnov

Grand Canal, Railroad station

Venice. Grand Canal, San Giorgio Maggiore. Hahnemuhle Veneto 325g watercolor paper, Fomaspeed liquid photographic emulsion. © Sasha Krasnov

A view of San Giorgio Maggiore

Venice,a man with a dog. Hahnemuhle Britannia 300g watercolor paper, Fomaspeed liquid photographic emulsion © Sasha Krasnov

A man with a dog

Venice. Train of gondolas. Hahnemuhle Britannia 300g watercolor paper, Fomaspeed liquid photographic emulsion © Sasha Krasnov

The train of gondolas

Venice, small canal. Hahnemuhle Britannia 300g watercolor paper, Fomaspeed liquid photographic emulsion © Sasha Krasnov

Small canal

Venice, Foscari Palace. Lana Grain Fin 300g watercolor paper, Fomaspeed liquid photographic emulsion © Sasha Krasnov

Foscari Palace

Panoramas

Probably the best view of Venice opens from the top of St Mark’s Campanile: each of its four sides shows Venice from a different perspective.

Venice bay. Lana Grain Fin 300g watercolor paper, Fomaspeed liquid photographic emulsion © Sasha Krasnov

Venice Bay

Venice, Cupolas of St. Marco. Hahnemuhle Veneto 325g watercolor paper, Fomaspeed liquid photographic emulsion © Sasha Krasnov

Cupolas of St. Marco

Venice panorama. Hahnemuhle Veneto 325g watercolor paper, Fomaspeed liquid photographic emulsion © Sasha Krasnov

Venice Panorama

Venice, Punta della Dogana. Hahnemuhle Andalucia 500g watercolor paper, Fomaspeed liquid photographic emulsion © Sasha Krasnov

Punta della Dogana

The Fog

Venice. It happened a couple of days before Christmas. I left the station and dipped into the thick fog. It was so thick that one could hardly see the opposite side of the Grand Canal.

Venice, Fog. Punta della Dogana. Hahnemuhle Torchon 275g watercolor paper, Fomaspeed liquid photographic emulsion © Sasha Krasnov

Punta della Dogana museum in the fog

This shot was made during a vaporetto ride to the St Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco in Italian). It seemed to be the only building whose contours were visible at that time. That very moment was truly unforgettable.

Night over Venice

It was a foggy day. I was in a hurry for the train heading back to Florence. I was in front of railway station with the last frame left abailable in my Pentax 67 camera.

Venice, San Simeone Piccolo. Hahnemuhle Torchon 275g watercolor paper, Fomaspeed liquid photographic emulsion © Sasha Krasnov

San Simeone Piccolo in the foggy night

Well, just made the shot with no waiting for a great result. But I like it so much.

The man and the bridge

Winter evening in Venice. A smoky haze fills the air and adds a hint of magic to the atmosphere.

Venice, the bridge. Hahnemuhle Torchon 275g watercolor paper, Fomaspeed liquid photographic emulsion © Sasha Krasnov

The man and the bridge

At that moment I felt as if I had traveled back in time to the Middle Ages and was seeing a clocked nobleman before my very eyes.

Boats in the fog

It was a dark and foggy winter evening in Venice. And there was only one man walking around and talking on the phone. I stood waiting for him to end his conversation and leave the “stage”. I’d been waiting there for so long that it became quite dark.

Venice, Boats. Canson Fontanay 300g watercolor paper, Fomaspeed liquid photographic emulsion © Sasha Krasnov

Boats in the fog

In the end, I was taken with his lonely figure and how it fit in the “stage”. Interestingly, the resulting image doesn’t look like an evening scene. The rough grain of the paper adds artistic expression to the image.

// Sasha Krasnov