A lifestyle _ sojourn
A new vision of Venice By J. Michael Welton
A dreamy take on the Italian city
Christopher’s images, she says, recall the 1973 film Don’t Look Now, an occult thriller starring Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland that’s set in Venice. Based on a short story by Daphne du Maurier, it relies on an impressionistic cinematic style for intense emotional effects. Christopher’s work elicits a similar response from all those who’ve viewed the images he shot during a two-week visit. “I had no agenda but to get lost, which is what the city is all about,” he says. His images are mysterious, shimmering and in some cases, nearsinister. Many were shot at night, but others were taken while he stalked the city daily, shooting while sick with a fever. “It was like A 242
© Charles Christopher
JoAnn Locktov may own nearly every book ever published about Venice. For years, she’s been lining her bookshelves with more than 60 volumes of the city’s fiction, non-fiction, history and photography. But when she discovered the ethereal photographs that Charles Christopher had taken there in 2011, she decided that it was time for one more. “It’s an unbelievable body of work,” says Locktov, who makes a pilgrimage to Venice every winter and is convinced that she lived there as a merchant 400 years ago. “He came up with photographs that I hadn’t ever seen before.” That’s when she set out to create Dream of Venice.
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