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Burano, Venice/ Italy · 2021   color corners

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   Ciao. If I were to put Italy and everyone and everything in it into one word, it would be ciao. But I would need to say it out loud and get the intonation just right, the melody of this nonchalant and sticky four-letter word. If you get the intonation right, ciao has the weight of a heavy dark-red wine. When you say it right, the texture is olive oil, and the consistency between al dente and cheese strings, and the color also cheese strings, white-yellow. Ciao is friendly, the C with arms wide open and the i winking, the a and o looking at you all googly. Ciao is yummy, and a loud kiss too. Ciao is a welcome and a goodbye, but a goodbye that is only ever a prelude to another welcome. Round around the edges and with a southern tan, ciao is beautiful, soft, and warm.

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a glimpse

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Burano, Venice / Italy · 2021   pink glitch



 


Burano, Venice / Italy · 2021   vaccinated with blue against the blues



 

Man walking in front of colorful houses in Burano, Venice, Italy


Burano, Venice / Italy · 2021   flip, flop, flip, flop



 

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breaking hearts since Shakespeare said so
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Verona / Italy · 2021   love in stone

He called their lazy human dominance and raised them an animalistic fierceness.
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Lake Garda / Italy · 2021   swan lake

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places / stories

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Venice / When is Venice?

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Venice / Italy · 2021   birthing boats


Venice / Italy · 2021   primary colors





When is Venice? Because it doesn’t look like it is now. It is a replica of a fairytale and at least one hundred million stories old. I wonder how deep the water in the canals is, but I don’t want to look it up. Because I’m not sure if I want it to be very deep or not deep at all. Every time I cross a bridge, I fantasize about plunging in, eyes first, to see her underneath.



 

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Venice / Italy · 2021   water curves
 

Yellow wall, lamp, and flowers in Venice, Italy at night

You have to get lost in Venice for as long as you can. Bridge after bridge after bridge, always running in circles. Once you know every street and understand the ways of the maze, everything shrinks considerably, and it irks. Throughout the city, there are pedestrian highways that are understood, and everyone who wants to move fast or has a plan sticks to them. All silence and charm retreats into the alleyways.


Venice / Italy · 2021   please don’t sit here



 

An ambulance, a police patrol, a bus, a mailman, a bunch of teenagers borrowing dad’s ride – all of them boats.

delivering mail by boat in Venice, Italy


Venice / Italy · 2021   water mail



 

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Venice / Italy · 2021   everyone place



 


Venice / Italy · 2021   self-absorbed together



 

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Burano, Venice / Italy · 2021   asymmetrical colors
 


Venice / Italy · 2021   brick window
 





Not much green, but more blue than anywhere else. The lagoon is salty, its islands sweet drops.



 

a man and his boat in Burano, Venice, Italy


Burano, Venice / Italy · 2021   local alien



 

colorful houses in Burano, Venice, Italy


Burano, Venice / Italy · 2021   rainbow wave



 

laundry in a backalley in Venice, Italy


Venice / Italy · 2021   flying laundry



 

Venice is intense and you mustn’t overdose on it, so that you can come back for another hit.



 

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Verona / Love Plots and Knots

stairs and old houses in Verona, Italy


Verona / Italy · 2021   warm stairs



 

How many real loves might have lived and died in Verona, where Romeo and Juliet’s is buried? Shakespeare eternalized Verona and now it must always exist lest the band between one man’s imagination and everyone else’s factualities be severed.



 

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Verona / Italy · 2021   building along the bend



 


Verona / Italy · 2021   river blueprint



 

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Lake Garda / Pretty Pretty

couple sitting under a tree at Lake Garda in Italy


Lake Garda / Italy · 2021   under a tree in summer



 

a boat at Lake Garda in Italy


Lake Garda / Italy · 2021   life on the rocks



 

Pretty pretty lake. Everyone wants it, everyone gets it.



 

sunbathing at Lake Garda in Italy


Lake Garda / Italy · 2021   sunbathing in the lake



 

tourists sunbathing at Lake Garda in Italy


Lake Garda / Italy · 2021   sun pier



 

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Lake Garda / Italy · 2021   radioactive pool

 

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