Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh

There is a bitter iced wind blowing in off the lagoon.  The temperature is hovering just above freezing but it feels much colder as the end November sun hides behind a blanket of cloud; in Piazza San Marco, Caffè Florian is doing a brisk trade but no one sits outside. At the fish market next to the Rialto Bridge everyone is wrapped in deep layers and nobody wants to lift the fresh iced fish from the counter; Venice is gripped in winter and no one is happy:

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  1. Colline · July 21, 2013

    Love the expressions on the faces you have captured. They are so authentic.

  2. Brian Hughes · July 21, 2013


  3. greenmackenzie · July 21, 2013

    Wonderfully winter gripped faces.

    • northumbrianlight · July 21, 2013

      Many thanks – winter gripped literally and metaphorically I suspect. This is the land of Daphne Du Maurier’s Don’t Look Now 😦

  4. Debbie · July 21, 2013

    Love your subjects and the descriptive narrative. Excellent.

    • northumbrianlight · July 22, 2013

      Thanks Debbie – the narrative was easy, I can still feel that icy wind coming in off the lagoon – good time to be in Venice though, much quieter than the summer months.

  5. meticulousmick · July 21, 2013

    Excellently captured Northumbrian Light, great mini-series. MM

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  8. Mary Gilmartin · July 22, 2013

    I can see the look of winter is upon their faces as they patiently wait for the next customers to buy the fresh iced fish so they can go home soon and sit next to the fire.

  9. Tish Farrell · July 22, 2013

    Stunning photos, Robin. Am especially struck by the middle one, not only the look of pained forbearance on the woman’s face, but the ghostly view of Venice and boats in the background. All the more striking because we do not associate Venice with the biting cold.

    • northumbrianlight · July 22, 2013

      Many thanks Tish. I find her a little disturbing – perhaps I am thinking of the face hidden by the hooded red coat (Don’t Look Now) 😦

      • Tish Farrell · July 23, 2013

        Yes, that was one of the scariest films I’ve ever watched.

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  12. Madelaine · July 25, 2013

    I don’t know how I missed this post. These photos are gorgeous…..the expressions on their faces and all the details are marvelous!

    • northumbrianlight · July 25, 2013

      Many thanks Madelaine, much appreciated. They are a happy bunch aren’t they 🙂

  13. Jo · July 25, 2013

    For some reason I am not seeing all your posts in my reader Bah!! Brilliant shots 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · July 25, 2013

      Many thanks Jo – UK WordPress users seem to be suffering from various gremlins at the moment

      • Jo · July 25, 2013

        Yes I have noticed this! Hope they get it sorted! 🙂

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