Italy by water

Italy by water

Twentieth century poet Anna Akhmatova once wrote, “Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.”

Why wouldn’t Italy be a dream, with its ancient ruins and iconic architecture. This country is a dream in every sense of the word. But there’s one place in particular that is deserving of most dreamy: Venice.

Venice, or La Serenissima as it’s affectionately called, is made up of 118 mini islands and canals in the Venetian Lagoon that are linked by hundreds of bridges. And while the city has a population of just over 260,000, Venice can actually welcome up to 60,000 tourists per day. PER DAY!

You could spend the rest of your life here and still fall in love with it every day. Even with all those tourists!

California-based photographer Steven Castro knows just how to capture the beauty of Venice and make us fall in love with it all over again in his “Italy” photo series. In this collection of prints, Castro has focused on some of Venice’s most awe-inspiring places to deliver a quiet frozen effect along the city’s bustling canals.

With an eerie stillness in each image and with the horizon almost indistinct (and not a single tourist in sight!), Castro draws on Venice’s stunning architecture to showcase the city’s charm.

One of the most prominent buildings in Castro’s series has got to be the 16th Century Chiesa del Santissimo Redentore. This gorgeous church designed by architect Antonio Palladio stands tall above the skyline of Giudecca island and is one of the most famous churches in the city.

Speaking of the church’s history, Steven Castro notes:

“Rising from the modest surroundings on the Venetian island of Guidecca, Chiesa del Santissimo Redentore (Church of the Most Holy Redeemer), commonly referred to Il Redentore, is an absolute masterpiece of Renaissance architecture. A plague which began in 1575 was decimating Venice and in 1576 the Senate asked for divine assistance vowing to build a church dedicated to the Redeemer. The plagued ended in 1577 and in fulfilling their vow and giving thanks for deliverance, the first cornerstone of the Chiesa del Santissimo Redentore was laid in May of 1577 and the church was consecrated in 1592.

“I chose to capture the Chiesa del Santissimo Redentore with a long exposure to highlight its enduring permanence which reveals its magnificence, in both physical and spiritual form, and pay honor to the devotion of the Venetian faithful.”

Written by Quinn Segal; All Photos © Steven Castro.

Find Steven Castro’s photography on his website. Prints of Steven’s work are available here. Follow him on Instagram for stunning images and inspiration.

Discover the Chiesa del Santissimo Redentore and it’s noteworthy paintings by taking a tour of it while visiting Venice.