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.