Rialto Committed • Casée à Venise – street portrait / portrait de rue

February 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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A weekend in Venice gave me the opportunity to create one of my favorite street portraits so far: "Rialto Committed"

Un weekend à Venise m'a donné l'opportunité de faire un de mes portraits de rue préférés à ce jour : "Casée à Venise"

Rialto Committed – Casée à VeniseRialto Committed – Casée à Venise

As I am on a vaporetto (bus boat) riding down the Grand Canal, I spot a bride having her picture taken beside the iconic Rialto bridge. The area being one of the most atrociously touristic in Venice, a small horde promptly packed around the pro photographer, arms extended, vying to grab a snapshot with their phones. I hop off the boat pronto and, shunning the crowd, I rush to the next dock, looking for a clean yet evocative background and a clear angle between the wooden poles. For a fraction of a second, the bride diverts her attention away from the mass and turns toward me, offering this deep and melancholic look – and a beautiful pose. Click. One frame. Next second, she’s working the lens again for her own photographer. But the moment I got was authentic.

In this shot, I like that she appears caged and overpowered by the wooden poles (in multiple planes, including an optical illusion at her right hand) and the bridge. Although her overall pose is a typical flattering S curve, her sad and resigned looking attitude seems to project a deeper ambivalence about her situation. The rest of the elements contribute to both the composition and the context setting: the Rialto bridge in the background, although immediately recognizable, remains subtle enough to not overpower the beautiful bride. Likewise, enough details of the gondolas are present to clearly establish the location, without being distracting.

 

Je descendais tranquillement le Grand Canal sur un vaporetto quand j’aperçois une mariée en train de se faire photographier à côté du plus que célèbre pont Rialto. L’endroit étant l’un des plus atrocement touristiques de Venise, une petite foule s’était immédiatement agglutinée derrière le photographe pro. Téléphones à bout de bras, nombreux sont ceux qui essaient d’avoir un cliché. Je saute du vaporetto et, contournant la foule, je fonce vers le quai suivant, cherchant un angle dégagé et un arrière-plan évocateur, tout en « gérant » les pieux de bois qui rythment le lieu. Pour une fraction de seconde, la mariée détourne son attention de la foule et se tourne vers moi, m’offrant ce regard profond et mélancolique – et une superbe pose ! Clic. Une seule photo. Une seconde plus tard, elle reprend sa séance avec son photographe attitré. Mais l’instant que j’ai eu était authentique.

Dans ce portrait, j’aime particulièrement le fait que la mariée parait « enfermée » entre d’une part entre les pieux de bois (sur des plans différents, y compris une illusion d’optique à sa main droite), et d’autre part sous le pont qui apparait comme un couvercle. Bien que sa pose soit une classique et flatteuse courbe en S, son attitude triste semble projeter une ambivalence certaine sur sa situation. Les autres éléments contribuent à la fois à la composition et à la lisibilité du contexte : le pont Rialto en arrière-plan, bien qu’immédiatement identifiable, reste relativement subtil pour ne pas voler la vedette à la mariée. Similairement, suffisamment de détails des gondoles permettent d’établir sans ambiguïté le lieu, sans accaparer l’attention.

More to come, stay tuned ! / A suivre !


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