This series of facades of Venice is a work I did last spring. It was born from my theoretical reflections on the city. But don’t worry, you can always go through the buildings without concerning about reflecting and thinking!
I wanted to share this series of photographs because, like everyone, every time I go to Venice, I remain fascinated by its beauty.
Whether for its individual masterpieces – Piazza San Marco, La Basilica, La Biennale, Punta della dogana, Negozio Olivetti, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, La biglietteria della Biennale di Scarpa, La Chiesa della Santissima Trinità and I could go on for days (these are just a few examples architecture that came to my mind) – but also for the composition as a whole.
Walking across the streets, coming from the wonderful Venice International Airport, looking at the city and its details with all the concentration possible not to miss anything, I found myself reflecting on the secondary buildings (so to speak). All those houses which no one visits regularly, but that everyone admires as a whole. I started to outline and list the common traits. In fact they are very similar to each other, but this is absolutely an advantage – they have a common guide and vary within the color. The result is wonderful.
Why modern cities seem to have lost this ability to reflect beauty in every corner and in every place? It seems that we have forgotten how to do it … Maybe architects today are much more individualistic, or maybe we look more to the individual building rather than to its integration into the overall composition. Or maybe today architects feel awkward about making a building very similar to another that has been already built. Yet, the results were beautiful and unique during the time in which this way of designing was undertaken. Especially when compared with many urban areas of our cities today.
With these thoughts I leave you with this series of images, hope you can find inspiration.
All photographs ©Luca Onniboni – (do whatever you want, reminding us)