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The Rhythm of Venice

Sophia Khan

Venice from a distance in time and space, Watercolor on Arches paper ~ copyright © Sophia Khan

The rhythm of changing seasons is made picturesque with leaves turning warm shades of yellow, red, and orange.   In Venice, however, this montage of autumnal colors does not exist.  Yes, the change in weather and start of high tide mark the season's cycles.  But, what is more evident here is the contrast of light and dark: the radiance of the sun contrasted with the darkness of peeling facades, sun filled piazzas contrasted with narrow calle that escape its blaze, or a dark moment passing beneath a bridge upon a gleaming canal.  

Here, the constant montage of light and dark is more prevalent than a visual change in seasons.  The reminder of time passing by is the rising and setting of the sun.  This renders Venice almost as if a place outside of time as understood elsewhere; a place in which the lives of those living within and those passing by are what endow it with the passage of time.

(Adapted from my blog, A Daughter of Venice) 

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