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Burano beauty & a short video

Venice water taxipintopinterestcolorful Burano island, Venice photopintopinterestThe concept of black and white must seem absurd for an island like Burano. There is no escaping the reach of colors in varying shades and intensity, not that I was looking to; here in Burano, roughly a 30 minute water taxi ride from Venice, it’s all part of the appeal. 
colorful Burano blue door in Venicepintopinterest

A few weekends ago, in the doldrums of a dark January, I left London for a food photography retreat in Venice hosted by Beth Kirby and Skye McAlpine and fed by Chef Aaron Teece. The contents of what I absorbed over four days are still swirling around in my right brain and I’ll leave it to bloom for a bit longer before I share some wonderful memories of the workshop in a separate post. Instead I managed to put together a short video on the retreat which you can find at the end of this post.
Burano scenes collagepintopinterestBut let’s also look to Burano the island of lace and famed for its boldly colorful homes. We spent half a day in Burano with part of it taking in one seafood course after another (think baby octopus, langoustines, smoked swordfish, gnocchi scampi) at Al Gatto Nero.

The other half of our excursion was in the form of a photo walk. I loved being able to wander without the apprehension of getting lost, to actually get a sense of the island with no specific purpose but to be there and capture the idyllic surroundings. The fear of missing out seems to not exist on this small island.
Burano to Mazzorbo island in Venice photopintopinterestWhile most of the residents were in church we roamed their island’s streets and marveled at what they’ve left behind exposed for all to see. I couldn’t help but laugh at what I now consider to be fact: the people of Burano must be as colorful as the homes they live in.colorful Burano homes in VenicepintopinterestBurano silhouettes in Venice photopintopinterest
Burano Il Gato Trattoria seafood gnocchipintopinterestcoloful buildings in Burano and San Martino church tower photopintopinterestVenice Carnivale maskspintopinterestBurano blue house in Venice photopintopinterestAnd here is a short montage of the Venice retreat. I’m still learning the tricks of video so please forgive some of the shaky footage.

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  • Nice, did you shoot the Video with the Sony or Canon?ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      This video was shot with the Canon. I tried shooting with the Sony in Geneva with not the best results but I think primarily due to user error ReplyCancel

  • You did a great job! Watching your video is so relaxing, I really like the music.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks! I find picking out the music to match the mood of the video one of the hardest things but really like this one too.ReplyCancel

  • WOW! That place looks incredible and seems as though you had the whole place to yourself.

    The video is awesome and it makes such a useful tool to look back at in the future.

    Nat | DignifiableReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      The island was pretty empty on a Sunday which made for a really pleasurable photowalk 🙂ReplyCancel

  • joi

    love this a lot jo!!! absolutely beautiful photos and good writing as always. and that video!! LOVE IT!! more please!! 🙂 xReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Thanks Joi! Hope to post more soon 🙂ReplyCancel

  • What a lovely trip. Its been far too long since I went to Venice. I hope you found the trip useful – photos are so vivid and inviting! I’m impressed with your video editing skills.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      Video editing took ages but I hope it’ll just get easier with practice. Hope you get to visit Venice soon, I already am aching to go back!ReplyCancel

  • Alpana

    I’ve just caught up with this Jo and I love it! Great selection of photos, charming video and they all brought back sweet memories. You’ve also inspired me to rethink how I take photos, thank you.ReplyCancel

    • candidsbyjo

      It was such a pleasure to be your psuedo roommate in a Venetian palazzo 🙂ReplyCancel

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