Burano, Italy, is well known for its colorful buildings. The island sits within Venice Lagoon and can be easily accessed by water bus from Venice. Colors and scenery make it a visual feast for the eyes and a special treat for photographers. I was fortunate to spend a few hours in Burano as part of a Venice Carnival photography tour that I took with Chromasia during February, 2018. We were given assignments to photograph people and the colorful town, as well as working on our own particular style and interest. The banner photograph for this blog post was taken while a few of us were standing just outside of a school. A group of school children and their teacher exited the school and walked together down the road. I photographed them from the back as a kind of candid group portrait.
Walking through one of the narrow alleyways, we came across a couple of men who were working on street repair. They were cheerful and allowed us to take their photos. Their nature and expressions were very genuine. I only wish that I had a way to contact them so that I could send their portraits to them.
Color and Texture
Burano's streets encompass a main shopping area and numerous small streets and alleys. The entire community is colorful. Another interesting aspect is the range of texture that can be found. Architectural materials, water, boats, paving, and even laundry add to the rich textural fabric of the town. As we wandered, we came across many interesting photo opportunities that incorporated color, texture, and interesting composition.
Just a Glimpse
While these images are just a taste of what can be found in Burano, the little island is a veritable treasure of intriguing sites to view. As a photographer, I could have spent a lot more time exploring the island's people, buildings, streets, canals, nooks, and crannies. This would be a place to visit, get to know, and enjoy with familiarity and seasonal change.
My wanderings through Burano were accompanied by fellow photographer Shelly Rosenberg. She was an inspiration to me in many ways. You can check out her blog post on the Burano trip here: Burano - Quaint Island near Venice, Italy