Photographer's Note


“Hello young lovers, whoever you are,
I hope your troubles are few.
All my good wishes go with you tonight,
I've been in love like you.”

Anna, the English schoolteacher in the employ of the King of Siam, immortalized these lyrics by Richard Rogers in the 1956 musical, “The King and I.” If you know the tune, it might make an appropriate accompaniment in viewing this image.

On August 12-13, 2008, the Crystal Serenity, the cruise ship on which I had been serving as a guest lecturer, visited the northeastern Italian port city of Venice. The city is unique for its canals that serve as streets, its bridges as cross-walks, and its Grand Canal, wider and longer than any of the other canals, as its main boulevard. The Grand Canal is defined by its serpentine shape, resembling a backwards letter “S,” and has a length of approximately 5 km (3 miles). For those who have not visited this magnificent city before, but will have an opportunity in the future, I recommend taking a public waterbus, a vaporetta, through the Grand Canal and circumnavigate the island to get a good lay of the land. Countless majestic palaces, many dating from the Italian Renaissance, and, indeed, many of them converted to hotels, line the Grand Canal. With a close friend who had just joined us for the second of two cruises in tandem, we took a vaporetta ride. As the waterbus came around a bend, the exquisite white marble edifice, Ca' d'Oro, came into view, carved ornaments, columns, and fleur-de-lis window traceries. I immediately took a few shots, and only in viewing the image on my computer screen recently did I notice the pair of young lovers — sequestered in their own private world — in one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world. Where else could you step out of your front door into a waiting boat! I dedicate this image to all those who have experienced love…

As for the Ca' d'Oro (House of Gold), it dates back to the 1420s. It is known to have been designed and carved for the Contarini Family by the father-son team of architect/sculptors Giovanni and Bartolomeo Bon, who also worked on the Doge's Palace at Piazza San Marco. The Contarini Family produced eight of the Doges spanning the years 1043 to 1676.

— Bulent

Nikon D-200, 28-200 Nikkor lens, ISO-200. Neutral density filter: 0221_3186

PS Marjan reminded me of an excellent complementary image to mine in his photo of Ca' d' Oro submitted last year.

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