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.

The original film negatives were made with Pentax 67 camera and 90mm F2.8 lens, printed in a darkroom using liquid emulsion printing process on various watercolor papers including Canson, Lana and Hahnemühle.

Grand Canal, Railroad station. Venice // Photography print © Sasha Krasnov

Grand Canal, Railroad station

Grand Canal, San Giorgio Maggiore. Venice // Photography print © Sasha Krasnov

A view of San Giorgio Maggiore

A man with a dog. Venice // Photography prints © Sasha Krasnov

A man with a dog

Train of gondolas. Venice // Photography print © Sasha Krasnov

The train of gondolas

Small canal. Venice // Photography print © Sasha Krasnov

Small canal

Foscari Palace. Venice // Photography print © 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.

Venetian bay. Venice // Photography print © Sasha Krasnov

Venice Bay

Cupolas of St. Marco. Venice // Photography print © Sasha Krasnov

Cupolas of St. Marco

Panorama. Venice // Photography print © Sasha Krasnov

Venice Panorama

Punta della Dogana. Venice // Photography print © Sasha Krasnov

Punta della Dogana

The Fog

The Fog. Venice // Photography print © Sasha Krasnov

Punta della Dogana museum in 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.

This shot was made during a vaporetto (a kind of waterbus) 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

San Simeone Piccolo. Venice // Photography print © Sasha Krasnov

San Simeone Piccolo in the foggy night

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

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

The man and the bridge

The bridge. Venice // Photography print © Sasha Krasnov

The man and the bridge

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

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

Boats. Venice // Photography print © Sasha Krasnov

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.

In the end, I was taken with his lonely figure and how it fits 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