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Beautiful decay

Much of Venice has the feeling of neglect, and although very beautiful, it does make you wonder...

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Indeed it does. I believe a lot of money has been spent to prevent Venice sinking, I guess conservation is a constant battle
John Prior: Yes, indeed Bill, and it is only tourism that really keeps it going, so the extravagant prices get forgiven.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 18 Feb 2011, 08:13
Funny how decay is oten like this picture John - more agreeable than the pristine item
John Prior: Yes I agree, something the National Trust is not very good at smile
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Feb 2011, 08:39
As long as there are tourists taking pictures, John, I'm sure Venice will keep its decay beautiful! Or let's hope so.
John Prior: Yes Ginnie, I'd recommend Venetian Francesco Da Mosto's BBC series on DVD 'Francesco's Venice' for a real insight into Venice past and present.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 18 Feb 2011, 09:57
Decay can be delightful and a reminder of our own mortality.
John Prior: Yes indeed, a good thought.
In its own special way this is beautiful decay.
John Prior: Certainly very photogenic smile
  • Sidney
  • Germany
  • 18 Feb 2011, 12:18
I fear Venice might lose the battle against nature...
John Prior: It is amazing, considering location and construction of foundations, that it has lasted so well.
It makes for a lovely image though John.
John Prior: One could spend a long time shooting here, if it could be afforded, but you do forgive the prices as it is so unique.
I was reading a book where buildings got infected by plague and this could be an illustration
John Prior: A lot of buildings seem to need attention to the brickwork and render
I'm glad you said what you did about Venice John. Looking at your photos, and those of other people, I thought it looked neglected and run down. But people keep saying how beautiful it all is so I though that was just me being fussy.
John Prior: I'd recommend Venetian Francesco Da Mosto's BBC series on DVD 'Francesco's Venice' for a real insight into Venice past and present.
This makes a great image, it does make you wonder exactly what is happening to beautiful Venice smile
John Prior: Venice depends on tourism, this also makes life difficult for Venetians, a lot of them leave, Francesco Da Mosto, talked about this in his excellent BBC series (on DVD) 'Francesco's Venice'
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 18 Feb 2011, 21:15
yummy textures here.
John Prior: Lots of them in Venice smile
I'm agree with you! The old walls of Venice offer great pictures, like this one!
Have a nice day.
John Prior: It is a facinating place
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 19 Feb 2011, 22:15
Yes, it is. So much so that new structures are being built this waysmile
John Prior: Thanks Sherri, a little distressing often helps.
Great texture, John. Isn't Venice a city of architectural extremes?

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