A decade and a half ago, I lived in Venice, that dreamy archipelago of islets and moody blues. Manganese in the mornings, Idranthene at night, cobalt turquoise in the reflections, Phthalo turqouise and Phthalo green cobalt mix in the rain, Ultramarine and Davy's Grey mix in the winter.... a Winsor Newton palette plus Campari red and Aperol orange accents. Venice bore into me with azure and indigo moments that I can still feel if I close my eyes.
I get the same feeling when I open up the pages of Joann Locktov's Dream of Venice. A Venice love letter, Locktov's book is a beautiful curation of photos by photographer Charles Christopher and prose by writers, artists, directors, Venetians and Venetophiles, including Nicolas Roeg, Julie Christie and Patricia Highsmith-- artists who led me to get lost in a Serenissima of Don't Look Now and The Talented Mr. Ripley.
All 37 lyrical contributors, like luminaries Peggy Guggenheim, Marcella Hazan, Erica Jong, Woody Allen and friends Jessica Spiegel, Giampaolo Seguso, Nan McElroy and Eleonora Baldwin, are paired with Christopher's beautiful photos of Venetian alleys, disappearing campi and piazza, and glittering water, in color and black-and-white shots. It is the perfect book to get lost in Venice for a minute or a whole afternoon.
Venice Dreaming: The Contest
Welcome to my very first contest (and quite possibly the only one). Through November 11, I want you to share with me your Venice Moody Blues by posting your favorite Venice photo on Instagram. Make sure to tag me @EricaFirpo, and #VeniceMoodyBlues so that everyone can find the photos.
On November 12, I will announce a winner, (by random selection), who will receive a copy of “Dream of Venice", shipped directly by Joann to anywhere in the world.
WINNERS UPDATE: After 170+ submissions, I needed help so Joann and I perused through all of them came up with a tie: Alessandro Sarno and Brian Etherington. To see all, please take a look at #VENICEMOODYBLUES.
A photo posted by Alessandro Sarno (@thelonesomephotographer) on Nov 11, 2015 at 1:14pm PST
A photo posted by Brian Etherington (@notdavidbailey) on Nov 10, 2015 at 7:38am PST