Venice houses and gondolas

Houses on far side of Venetian canal with gondola tied to wharf in foreground.
Venice houses and gondolas

Carnevale can be seen as light and bright. However in the early morning as the mist rises from the grand canal you start to see a different, almost malign side to Venice. The beauty is there, but just a little jaded: the shadows become darker, murkier. Corners have the sound of footsteps from the past; just a little out of earshot. This is when you find the lonely and the dispossessed. There are colours, there is richness but tinged by a hint of neglect.