Canaletto Guardi: Image and text courtesy of Laurent Dequick from his series ‘Serenita Veneziana’.
“Far from the tumult of the tourist circuits, I let myself be led away by the contemplation of the Venetian palaces. Jewels of the Serenissima, they alone bear witness to its greatness, its power, its beauty. From the front perspective view, architecture is staged and becomes the theater of the city. The ethereal chromatic value enhances the delicacy of the buildings – the surrounding nature, the water channels, and the sky become intangible. Close to the engraving architecture, rising above common feelings into something pure and sublime”
Life Framer Special Mention:
“The waterways of Venice provide iconic, postcard-perfect tourist scenes, but have become somewhat of a visual trope – we’ve all seen them so many times that they lose their wonder. Laurent is aware of this, and gives them a unique visual treatment, abstracting them with a flat composition, desaturated, chromatic colors and a washed-out stillness that creates something unique, pure and painterly. In doing so, we forget the frenzy of tourists and gondolas, and instead focus on the magisterial architecture. The result, as he puts it, is sublime” – Life Framer Editors
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