Eroding Venice | A Photographer’s Story Of Impermanence

Night Vision

 

Fine Art Photographer Sarah Hadley is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photo essay.  From her project ‘Lost Venice‘.  To see Sarah’s body of work click on any photograph.

 

Fine Della Strada

 

Quiet Canal

 

Night Market

 

Venice, Italy is a haunting, surreal and mysterious place with a storied past. Its seemingly endless maze of passageways and canals have fascinated me since I was a child. And while most people visit Venice and see only its overwhelming beauty, I see a dark and sadder side as well. I see a city clinging to a bygone era and splendor and I see a Venetian way of life that is rapidly changing while its foundations are eroding. For me, the city is also haunted with memories of my childhood and the loss of my father. Lost Venice is a project about the fragility and impermanence of things.

 

On The Lagoon

 

San Marco

 

I chose Venice because of my long history with the city – one that began when I was four years old in Boston, Massachusetts, and my family moved to a replica of a Venetian Palace – the Gardner Museum. We lived in the Director’s apartment above the museum for most of my childhood and we traveled to Venice often for my father’s work. One night, I was there photographing in the fog and I saw a man that looked just like him walking over a bridge and I felt as if I’d seen a ghost. The sadness in these photographs is about death of my father, who died suddenly when I was 25, and it is also the loss of my childhood home, that Venetian Palace.

 

Awnings

 

Night Wandering

 

Sunday Morning

 

Topetta

 

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Story Lines

By Sarah Hadley

 

 

 

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