Photo Essay

Venetian Reflective Impressionism

Venetian Life

"We must go to Venice together," said Gerry Blood, a gifted artist we'd befriended, along with his beautiful wife Mary, during the years we lived in Mallorca. "The light and reflections there are magical."

As Gerry said that, the masterpiece we bought from him, a vivid impressionistic oil painting of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia depicted primarily in a pond reflection, came to mind. That night I dreamed of the four of us in a gondola gliding down a glittering canal of Venice.

About eight years later, my eyes filled with tears as my husband and I walked along a Venetian canal. Not only overwhelmed by finally getting to see the magical light and reflections Gerry had spoken of, but the feeling of him with us in spirit. We had never made it to Venice with him and Mary, he having died about three years ago.

On the morning of our last day in Venezia it felt as if Gerry had put in a special order for an ideal Venetian goodbye gift. Fresh crisp air, a cobalt blue sky, and just the right angle of sunlight mixed with winding canals and buildings, appearing created to feature an every changing array of colors and light, made for a spectacular light and reflective show. One canal after another offered shimmering reflective impressionistic pictures. And I joyfully captured them, first by framing part of the subject of the reflection along with the mirrored image, and then went for just the reflections.

My Venetian reflective impressionistic photos now hang on my living room wall, in loving memory of Gerry and the captivating city they reflect.

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32 responses

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (26 Nov 2008):

    Deborah, I voted yeah for your story. I have never seen a more touching and beautifully illustrated story.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (26 Nov 2008):

    Thanks so much, Judy. Means a lot to me.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (27 Nov 2008):

    A beautiful story and magnificent photographs to prove it! True art.

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (28 Nov 2008):

    Simply wonderful!!! Love the story and the photos that support it!! You have my vote!

  • Camil Seisanu

    Camil Seisanu gave props (30 Nov 2008):

    Of course a 'Yeah!' vote ! :)

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (30 Nov 2008):

    I love your essay. The images you captures are amazingly awesome. This is the real art in Photography. My vote for your story and photos. I wish you get published.

  • Renee Cettie

    Renee Cettie gave props (30 Nov 2008):

    beautiful essay and fabulous photos, very fitting tribute to your friend. voted yes :)

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (1 Dec 2008):

    just perfect!!! I love it!!!

  • Karen K Smith

    Karen K Smith gave props (2 Dec 2008):

    This should be published, excellent work!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (2 Dec 2008):

    Deborah, you have a beautiful story and excellent work, I agree with Karen it should be published, I voted, of course!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (3 Dec 2008):

    A heartfelt thank you to each of you.

  • Lois Martin

    Lois Martin gave props (22 Dec 2008):

    Truly touching story, fabulous photos!

  • Aaron Mythen

    Aaron Mythen gave props (24 Feb 2009):

    Sorry that I never had a chance to vote for this! The story has a real depth of feeling and the pics are just tremendous! Well done!!

  • Stefi Failk

    Stefi Failk (Deleted) gave props (3 Oct 2009):

    Touching and beautifully illustrated story.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (15 Jun 2011):

    Your words and your images are all so moving!! My vote!!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (15 Jun 2011):

    A very moving story Deb complemented by the beautiful images of this stunning part of our World!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (15 Jun 2011):

    voted....this is treasure Deborah ~ !

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham said (20 Jun 2011):

    Congrats!!! You got story of the week!!!

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (20 Jun 2011):

    Wonderful work!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (20 Jun 2011):

    Just found out from Debbie on FB this became story of the week. To say the least, I'm thrilled. This essay means so much to me. Thanks everyone for your thoughtful comments and support.

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (21 Jun 2011):

    great photo essay and congrats on story of the week! voted!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (21 Jun 2011):

    Congratulations on the Story of the Week!!

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (21 Jun 2011):

    Congrats on story of the week!! Some great work here!!

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (21 Jun 2011):

    Yipee! Congratualtions on receinving "Story of the Week"! : ) Well deserved!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (21 Jun 2011):

    Congratulations my dear friend for receiving the well deserved story of the week, it is an amazing one full of love and beauty!!!!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (21 Jun 2011):

    Deborah, Congratulations for receiving Story of the Week! A very beautiful story and tribute, indeed. This is absolutely outstanding work. Voted!

  • Mag TY

    Mag TY gave props (21 Jun 2011):

    Congrats Deborah! It's a wonderful story!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker said (22 Jun 2011):

    Voted! This is a very memorable essay! Some of your best work.

  • Hancel Darroca

    Hancel Darroca said (24 Jun 2011):

    ...very inspiring essay and images, I wish, someday I can capture or have a glimpse of Venice.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (25 Jun 2011):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (25 Jun 2011):

    Congrats on making Story of the Week.

  • Marco Martinez

    Marco Martinez gave props (26 Jun 2011):

    I really enjoyed the narrative. What a great tribute to you dear friend.

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