Venice highlights in black and white – Travel Photo Discovery

Venice highlights in black and white - Travel Photo Discovery

Venice and Saint Marks Square in the fog

Venice highlights in black and white – Travel Photo Discovery


Venice in black and white, the sublime and excessive draping the city is stripped down into a simple and basic palate. When you present Venice in this light, what you see at its core is pure creativity, stunning visuals and classic architecture. The many facets of new and old, Renaissance, Baroque and modern all wrapped up in monochromatic splendor – it’s a visual delight stripping all the colors to its true essence – so refined and elegant in this presentation.


Venice highlights in black and white - Travel Photo Discovery

Venice via Gondola


Seeing gondolas bobbing up and down in the waves along the canals, you feel that things haven’t changed that much with this mode of transportation. But of course they have changed, it’s just a nice and slow way of traveling, a wonderful mode of transport discovering the city and seeing it unfold its many layers before you slowly.  The gondoliers expertly stroke and manuever their craft in the busy channel….sweet and gentle, you might even get an opera sung by the gondolier to lull you into blissful or a romantic inclination.


Venice highlights in black and white - Travel Photo Discovery

Gondola study





Venice highlights in black and white - Travel Photo Discovery

Scene along the Grand Canal



Traveling by these elegant vaporetti below to exciting destinations like Murano or Burano to see the glass blowing or colorful architecture is truly the height of transport and enjoying ” La Dolce Vita” (the good life). Yes why not travel by vaporetti – if only for an afternoon jaunt. Then you have a leisurely lunch, and afterwards take a pleasant cruise back to the Grand Canal where you disembark at Saint Marks Square for an aperitif at any of the outdoor cafes lining the square. The hard choice is finding the perfect spot where there are suddenly many cafes open for business and coaxing tourists in with broadway musicals, opera, jazz combos or classical arrangements – you get to choose your favorite for tonight.


Venice highlights in black and white - Travel Photo Discovery

Arriving by vaporetti –  an elegant approach



Finding a perfect spot for taking some portraits very easy in Venice. Just find a spot you like with some beautiful scenery, place your model in the frame and shoot. Voila, a wonderful composition and capture! It’s almost impossible to take a terrible shot here especially with a stunning model like the one below, don’t you agree?


Venice highlights in black and white - Travel Photo Discovery

Portrait at Murano





Venice highlights in black and white - Travel Photo Discovery

The gondoliers are waiting


There are so many shops and elegant galleries showcasing the artisans of Venice – it truly is a place filled with amazing artistry and creative inspiration. Even the leather mask displays below are so intricate and meticulously created, it’s easy to take home some wonderful gifts if your pocketbook allows you – so take some of these beautiful souvenirs with you. Remember it’s hand-made in Italy from truly talented artists, worth every penny and you’ll always remember your trip to Venice.


Venice highlights in black and white - Travel Photo Discovery

Elaborate masks on display



Fun or candid moments on the square or at an impromptu location make for fun captures….how about jumping or something ballet-like (At least that’s how I felt like when I asked my friends to take a crazy shot of me at Saint Marks Square).


Venice highlights in black and white - Travel Photo Discovery

Free styling at St Marks Square





Venice highlights in black and white - Travel Photo Discovery

The classic gondola image



What do you think, do these black and white images convey a different time and appeal to Venice in your viewpoint? When you do visit Venice and you see all the abundance of art, architecture and attractions it is easy to get absorbed with all the details and color, almost overwhelming. But stripped of all its vast color scale, the city is so different, timeless and appealing in this presentation, don’t you agree?

If you loved reading this post on Venice, please check out some of my posts below:

Cicchetti and the pub crawl experience in Venice

Venice – ten random thoughts, advice and quirky observations

Venice – the small details

Evening magic and the romance of Venice

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29 Responses to Venice highlights in black and white – Travel Photo Discovery

  1. SJ @ Chasing the Donkey March 4, 2014 at 7:53 am #

    SIMPLY STUNNING Noel, these photos would look fabulous in a big series along a wall of an art gallery!

    • Noel March 4, 2014 at 8:27 am #

      Aw, thanks for the comments, i appreciate it…but then the whole wall would be filled with so many traveled places around the world!

  2. Sam @ Travelling King March 3, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

    Beautiful series Noel!
    I love black and white photographs!
    Thanks for taking us through Venice.

  3. Mary Calculated Traveller March 3, 2014 at 10:51 am #

    Love the photo of the gondoliers waiting. I never think to convert my photos to b/w – what a great idea. It really gives it a different look. Thanks for inspiring me!

  4. tammyonthemove March 3, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    Absolutely stunning photos Noel. I love Venice so much. I have been there th already and would go back again. Every time I go I discover something new in these small beautiful little alleys.

    • Noel March 3, 2014 at 11:19 am #

      It is an amazing place to visit despite all the hordes of tourists that come daily, thanks for connecting!

  5. antonette March 3, 2014 at 10:19 am #

    Great pictures! Especially the one with the guys in the striped shirts is reallt amazing!

  6. Marysia @ My Travel Affairs March 3, 2014 at 2:30 am #

    Venice looks amazing in B&W!

  7. Bob R March 1, 2014 at 8:24 am #

    Nice selection – that portrait is quite nice.

  8. Hannah March 1, 2014 at 8:12 am #

    Beautiful work! Black and White theme just makes everything that much more elegant. Cheers to being able to get close enough to those Gondolas for those shots- every time I got close I was harassed like crazy by the gondoliers! They could be a little bit intimidating.

  9. Jennifer March 1, 2014 at 7:54 am #

    Terrific photos of Venice! I like the black and white. Venice can definitely be sensory overload. And for those of us that call it home, you can even become completely desensitized to all the details and colors.

  10. The Tablescaper February 25, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

    The black and white photography is so dramatic.

    Great to have you at Oh, The PLACES I’ve been!

    – The Tablescaper

  11. wandering educators February 24, 2014 at 6:21 pm #

    What gorgeous photos! I love the B&W theme.

  12. Carmen February 23, 2014 at 5:56 am #

    Stunning photos! They certainly capture the romance of Venice

  13. Michele {Malaysian Meanders} February 21, 2014 at 10:08 pm #

    The black and white shots certainly show the timeless beauty of Venice. I like the little day that you’ve suggested. It sounds perfect. I didn’t know that the masks were made of leather. They’re so sculpted that I assumed it was papier mache.

  14. Linda February 21, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

    Beautiful series of photos!!!

  15. Eileen February 21, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

    Awesome photos of beautiful Venice! The portraits are wonderful, well done! Enjoy your weekend!

  16. Katherine Belarmino February 21, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

    Great photos of Venice! While I don’t know if I’ll go back and didn’t like the crowds, we easily escaped them just by wandering away from St. Mark’s, and I thought Venice was beautiful. Everyone should go at least once.

    • Noel February 21, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

      Yes Venice is crazy with crowds, it’s always good to find the genuine by going through the back streets and the lesser sites, so there’s still plenty to see

  17. Lance | Trips By Lance February 21, 2014 at 11:55 am #

    That’s a wonderful city meant for black and white photography. You really capture what I remember of this great city (without the maddening crowds).

  18. Serena February 21, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    These pictures are awesome!!
    I love b&w photos, and I think Venice suits b&w particularly well.
    Great job

  19. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) February 21, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    Venice looks so different and yet no less tempting in these beautiful black and white photos!

  20. Lindsay February 21, 2014 at 7:21 am #

    So beautiful, Noel! As ALWAYS! I love these Venice shots! I need your photography skills!

    • Noel February 21, 2014 at 8:58 am #

      Thanks Lindsay, I do love seeing Venice in a different light and black and white makes it even more special, thanks for commenting

  21. Johanna February 21, 2014 at 2:13 am #

    wow, I think black and white really suits venice – your classic Gondola shot is fabulous, but they all are. It’s hard to choose a favourite. We were contemplating a Europe trip and asked ourselves, should we go to Venice or not – I think you have convinced us Noel, that we definitely should!

  22. Kyna February 21, 2014 at 12:57 am #

    I’ve been waiting for this post! Love the black and white. Gives a different perspective to Venice.

  23. Rajlakshmi February 20, 2014 at 8:31 pm #

    you have captured these moments beautifully 🙂


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