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.

Grand Canal, Railroad station. Venice Black and White Photography Art Print. Hahnemuhle Veneto 325g watercolor paper, Fomaspeed liquid photographic emulsion. © Sasha Krasnov

Railroad station

Grand Canal, San Giorgio Maggiore. Venice Black and White Photography Art Print. Hahnemuhle Veneto 325g watercolor paper, Fomaspeed liquid photographic emulsion. © Sasha Krasnov

A view of San Giorgio Maggiore

Canal #1. A man with a dog. Venice Black and White Photography Art Print. Hahnemuhle Britannia 300g watercolor paper, Fomaspeed liquid photographic emulsion. © Sasha Krasnov

A man with a dog

Canal #2. Train of gondollas. Venice Black and White Photography Art Print. Hahnemuhle Britannia 300g watercolor paper, Fomaspeed liquid photographic emulsion. © Sasha Krasnov

The train

Canal #3. Venice Black and White Photography Art Print. Hahnemuhle Britannia 300g watercolor paper, Fomaspeed liquid photographic emulsion. © Sasha Krasnov

Small canal

Foscari Palace. Venice Black and White Photography Art Print. 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.

Panorama #1. Venice Black and White Photography Art Print. Lana Grain Fin 300g watercolor paper, Fomaspeed liquid photographic emulsion. © Sasha Krasnov

Venice Panorama #1

Panorama #2. Venice Black and White Photography Art Print. Hahnemuhle Veneto 325g watercolor paper, Fomaspeed liquid photographic emulsion. © Sasha Krasnov

Venice Panorama #2

Panorama #3. Venice Black and White Photography Art Print. Hahnemuhle Veneto 325g watercolor paper, Fomaspeed liquid photographic emulsion. © Sasha Krasnov

Venice Panorama #3

Panorama #4. Venice Black and White Photography Art Print. Hahnemuhle Andalucia 500g watercolor paper, Fomaspeed liquid photographic emulsion. © Sasha Krasnov

Venice Panorama #4

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.

Fog, Punta della Dogana. Venice Black and White Photography Art Print. Hahnemuhle Torchon 275g aquarelle 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.

San Simeone Piccolo. Venice Black and White Photography Art Print. 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.

The bridge. Venice Black and White Photography Art Print. 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 travelled 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.

Boats in the fog. Venice Black and White Photography Art Print. 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