the writing on the wall

Posted by franz (Baden, Austria) on 20 March 2015 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

venice in black and white (23) - end of series
thank you for your much appreciated interest and your valuable comments !

in the old testament's book of daniel, the writing on the wall appears to warn the babylonians of their impending doom, but they did not heed the warning.
today, the industrial zones of mestre and porto marghera, parts of the commune di venezia, but on the mainland, might well be interpreted as such a warning and indeed have been for some time. the heavy industry on the mainland, only a short distance from the historical centre, with its chemical and steel industries, shipbuilding and heavy marine transport, have contributed heavily to the pollution of the lagoon in which venice is situated. there is little chance that these industries will be dismantled - on the contrary, they are among the most important employers in northern italy. obviously, other strategies must be developed to save "la serenessima" from doom ...
let's hope they find them in time, as it would be a terrible shame and an irretrievable loss to mankind if it were otherwise ... !

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PATRICK from miramas, France

splendide compo

20 Mar 2015 5:48am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Most interesting series, Franz! You did a wonderful, really superb job with the B&W! The photos have had a great impact on the viewers! And I congratulate you for being so inspired!!!

20 Mar 2015 1:38pm

@Japanalia: thanks for your kind words and for your interest, gabriela! it's indeed hard not to fall in love with venice ... ;-)

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Hi Franz - A fascinating image here and beautifully (if I may use that adjective) composed here with a meaning so true - and your words really hit the point. It seems that in the face of reality, we seem to move ever more forcefully to the wrong destination...I also want to apologize for missing you so often...hopefully my days of work will soon be done...but for now, it's plodding along...I value your words and work and friendship and I truly am thankful to you for your contributions to all of us by way of your posts..all the best to you all :-)

20 Mar 2015 2:53pm

@Denny Jump Photo: thanks again, kind sir, for your sweet words ... i feel with you, re work and "plodding along" and hope you don't overdo it! have a great spring, you two - probably most welcome after this record breaking winter of yours !

Don - Slackwater from Spokane, United States

A fine picture from which to make this interesting and important statement. I hope something can be done to save the area.

20 Mar 2015 3:15pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A great photo to accompany your alarming narrative. This seems to be the one thing that tourists would never think of when thinking of Venice. Your B&W treatment works well with your narrative.

20 Mar 2015 6:40pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot!
such beautiful composition & clouds!
Amazing atmosphere!

20 Mar 2015 6:48pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

suitably dark and dramatic processing that adds extra weight to your comments!

21 Mar 2015 10:00am

maximage from Mase, Switzerland

Wonderful series Franz! I love the skye on this one!

21 Mar 2015 10:01am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


21 Mar 2015 10:03am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Wonderful series of a wonderful place.

21 Mar 2015 3:33pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

beautiful BW

22 Mar 2015 12:28am

Le Krop from Charenton-le-Pont, France

Une (belle) photo à mi-chemin de la réalité et du rêve.

25 Mar 2015 9:50am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Beautiful series and a terrific image to finish with Franz. As you say it would be terrible for the world to loose one of its most incredible cities, somehow they have to find a balance between employment and preservation, the unfortunate thing is, I suspect it will not be employment that wins the argument but money for shareholders who are remote from the problem !

26 Mar 2015 12:30pm

@Doug: unfortunately i agree with every word you say, doug !

cheff from rotterdam, Netherlands

awesome series with great black&whites transitions, love it!

26 Mar 2015 10:17pm

@cheff: thanks for stopping by and leaving such a positive comment !