Last April, I had the chance to visit Venice for the third time. Although I felt incredibly lucky to experience its wonders once again, I could not help but notice how sad the city felt.
I landed at Marco Polo airport on a late Friday evening, under the rain. To reach my hotel on the Lido island, I had to take a vaporetto which sailed across the city, gently moving on the Canal Grande. During the long hour and a half it took us to reach the Lido, I was striken by how dark the city was. The vaporetto moved on carefully under the Rialto bridge, passing by ghostly palaces with no lights on. I tried not to let that thought affect my excitement to be there. Surely, this would all look very different during the day.
Over the next few days, I got more and more proofs of the urgent need for funds to save Venice: palaces’ doors eaten by the mould, slowly disappearing in the canals, windows’ blinds all shut and deserted streets. The saddest part is that Venice still gets millions of visitors every year, happy to step on a sinking ship.
To help with the urgent need for funds, I have decided to donate 50% of the sales revenue from my pictures to the Comité Français pour la Sauvegarde de Venise. This association has a long history of raising funds and restore invaluable monuments in Venice such as the Correr Museum where Sissi stayed several times in the XIXth century, or the Venier Casino, once frequented by Casanova.
For a limited time, my online shop will display pictures of Venice only, which you can order in three different sizes and receive anywhere in the world (free delivery). All donations to the Comité Français pour la Sauvegarde de Venise will be done in your name, for which you can receive a tax receipt upon request.