“Support,” Venice, 2017

Venice is a city of many visual splendors:  Piazza San Marco, the Galleria della Accademia, countless narrow streets, elegant piazzas and quiet canals.  Naturally, however, Venice’s grandest sight is the great waterway that curves its way through the middle of it all – the Grand Canal.
The city on the water was in its usual splendor when I visited there in June of 2017, but there was something additional to be seen on the Grand Canal at that time. Reaching out to the Ca’Sagredo Hotel were a pair of giant hands rising out of the water.
Designed by artist Lorenzo Quinn (son of actor Anthony Quinn), this artwork installation was called “Support” and was meant to show the hands supporting the building, which – like the rest of the city – is at risk from rising waters, especially due to global warming.  The supporting hands, as I have read, were meant to show what people can do to prevent such things from happening.
As to this photo, I could have tried to make a closer image showing just the hands with the building, but as I saw this traghetto – a gondola used to ferry passengers from one side of the canal to the other, on which people frequently stand – just leaving to cross the water, I decided to go with this wider view to include the gondola and give the photo a greater sense of scale and a greater human element.
Let us hope that this magnificent place, “La Serenissima” – the Most Serene Republic- will remain with us for many more years to come.

About Dave Rudin

Dave Rudin is a fine art photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in art nude and travel photography, using black & white film and making silver gelatin prints in a darkroom.
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