I love this photo, shot from a water taxi on a canal in Venice. I like that I was able to get it lined up and fairly straight despite the movement of the camera (and the boat, and the water). I love the Moorish/Italianate shapes of the columns and ornamentation. But my absolute favorite thing is the two men in the upper left corner.
I love the intimacy of seeing them up there, in private conversation. And for some reason — it must be the hat — the scene reminds me of the Mantegna painting of Cardinal d’Medici in the Uffizi in Florence.
So for me, this image is all about pattern – but it is alo quintessentially Italy…art, culture, history, lifestyle, all in one.