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Por Gio. Isola di San Michele. Venezia, Italia. | For Gio. Saint Michael's Island. Venice, Italy.

Polaroid Type 55
selenium toned silver gelatin print

San Michele is an island in the Venetian Lagoon that was selected to become a cemetery in 1807. The cemetery is still in use today.

This particular family monument initially caught my eye because of the beautiful architecture and light. As I was composing the image in my ground glass, I noticed that there were papers littering the inside of the monument. I decided to investigate out of sheer curiousity. The 'papers' were aged newspaper announcements, wedding invitations, birthday cards, and personal letters - all addressed to 'Gio'. According to the family placards lining the monument, Giovanni had died at age 16.

Photographed using a Graflex Crown Graphic 4x5 camera and Kodak Ektar 127mm f/4.5 lens. Image printed on Kentmere fiber-based paper. Selective bleaching utilized.

Publications:
  • Behlen, M (ed.). 2014. "Chrystal Nause's Series Chiaroscuro". Pryme Magazine Blog. Post date: November 12, 2014. online.
Por Gio. Isola di San Michele. Venezia, Italia. | For Gio. Saint Michael's Island. Venice, Italy.

Por Gio. Isola di San Michele. Venezia, Italia. | For Gio. Saint Michael's Island. Venice, Italy.

Polaroid Type 55
selenium toned silver gelatin print

San Michele is an island in the Venetian Lagoon that was selected to become a cemetery in 1807. The cemetery is still in use today.

This particular family monument initially caught my eye because of the beautiful architecture and light. As I was composing the image in my ground glass, I noticed that there were papers littering the inside of the monument. I decided to investigate out of sheer curiousity. The 'papers' were aged newspaper announcements, wedding invitations, birthday cards, and personal letters - all addressed to 'Gio'. According to the family placards lining the monument, Giovanni had died at age 16.

Photographed using a Graflex Crown Graphic 4x5 camera and Kodak Ektar 127mm f/4.5 lens. Image printed on Kentmere fiber-based paper. Selective bleaching utilized.

Publications:
  • Behlen, M (ed.). 2014. "Chrystal Nause's Series Chiaroscuro". Pryme Magazine Blog. Post date: November 12, 2014. online.