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in one word: ciao



Burano, Venice / Italy · 2021   color corners


   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.


a glimpse


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



breaking hearts since Shakespeare said so

Verona / Italy · 2021   love in stone

He called their lazy human dominance and raised them an animalistic fierceness.

Lake Garda / Italy · 2021   swan's lake







places / stories

Venice / When is Venice?


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 fairy tale 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 whether 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 what the water is burying.



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 with a plan sticks to their loud fast lanes. All silence and secrets retreat into the musty 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



Venice / Italy · 2021   everyone place


Venice / Italy · 2021   self-absorbed together



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


Canal, boats and gondola in Venice, Italy

Venice / Italy · 2021   aqua avenue


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



Verona / Love Plots and Knots

Traditional houses in Verona, Italy

Verona / Italy · 2021   warm architecture


Panoramic sunset view of Verona, Italy

Verona / Italy · 2021   nearing night


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.



Verona / Italy · 2021   building along the bend


Verona / Italy · 2021   river blueprint



Lake Garda / Pretty Pretty

sunbathing at Lake Garda in Italy

Lake Garda / Italy · 2021   sunbathing in the lake


A castle and houses at Lake Garda, Italy

Lake Garda / Italy · 2021   the castle next door


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



Lake Garda / Italy · 2021   radioactive pool







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