” This was Venice, the flattering and suspect beauty – this city, half fairy tale and half tourist trap, in whose air the arts once voluptuously blossomed, where composers have been inspired to lulling tones of somniferous eroticism.” and where we began the romantic wedding celebration festivities of Justine Burnside and Nicolo Magni.
Justine -the beautiful bride-In Murano
Minnie in Venice
The group In Venice
Minnie in Venice
The next day we returned for lunch and created some portraits in the gardens. This beautiful garden was down a hidden lane one would never easily stumble on. Always good to be open to surprises when traveling or more importantly open to creating them. My quote for today from the Analects of Confucius
“Practice meandering towards the center of every place.”
One of my favorite places in the US is Northern California. Some of the best people I know live there and the dramatic natural beauty soothes the eye and the soul. I traveled to San Francisco, then on to Berkeley, through the Marin headlands and coastline, into the wine country and spent July 4th hanging over the Pacific Ocean in Bolinas. All the gardens were at their early summer prime, dahlias the size of trees with a backdrop of blues skies and often surrounded by towering redwoods with great shafts of light pouring through. After weeks of rain in NY it was wonderful. The first event was Sean and Nishas wedding in a beautiful home and garden in Sebastopol with orange nasturtiums blooming and a Bocce ball court and with twinkling lights wrapped around the trees. A wonderful- unique- heartfelt ceremony with a mixture of traditions- Hindu -Christian and Jewish. There were beautifully written vows , a special rose ceremony and guests from Malaysia, Turkey, London, Germany, Peru. The party was filled with musicians and live music and with love.
Shooting many of the images with my digital infrared camera-it is always one of my favorites.It adds to the magic and mystery of a celebration. It needs extensive color calibration and work in the digital darkroom but then I feel most images do. I do all the things in the digital darkroom I used to do in the traditional darkroom.