It was my first day in Venice, dawn's soft light just emerging on this brisk misty winter morning. A very peaceful time of day to be out taking pictures in Venice. There was just the sound of a lone sweeper going 'round sweeping, getting this remarkable world icon ready for the day's activity and visitors.
What an amazing environment to go about one's everyday life in! This
is a detail of the Basilica San Marco, in Venice's main square, Piazza
San Marco, where millions and millions have walked over the centuries:
conducted business, had rivalries, made deals, forged alliances,
enjoyed a meeting with friends, travelled on their way home or to
work, gone to see the latest exciting event on the public square,
participated in dances, fairs, carnevales, welcomed kings and queens,
held meetings, sold or bought their wares or just passed through!
Hardly anyone was about at this early hour, around 6:30 or 7:00 AM in March, except for the occasional lone visitor, another photographer marveling at this amazing place -- just like I was -- and the peaceful street sweeper, who, in the midst of this astonishing scene was earnestly sweeping the entire area - piazza and arcades - with an obvious inner calm and deliberate focus.
Trying to get beyond my immediate excitement at the incredible wealth of visual stimulation, I gathered my mind to find a motif to frame, and time absolutely stood still. I held my breath in awe, carefully looking around. Focusing on the task at hand, I calmed myself enough to create meaningful compositions and get the science of exposure and timing right amidst all the numbers and icons of my digital SLR....and then.....click!
[One more shot of the Basilica, below, taken at twilight.]