Cemetery Courtyard - Isola di San Michele, Venice by Luke Griffin

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San Michele is an island in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy. Originally a prison island, Napoleon’s occupying forces decreed that Venetians could not bury their deceased on any of the main Venetians islands, but only on San Michele. It is associated with the sestiere of Cannaregio, from which it lies a short distance north east.

Along with neighbouring San Cristoforo della Pace, the island was a popular place for local travellers and fishermen to land. Mauro Codussi’s Chiesa di San Michele in Isola of 1469, the first Renaissance church in Venice, and a monastery lie on the island.

San Cristoforo was selected to become a cemetery in 1807, designed by Gian Antonio Selva, when under French occupation it was decreed that burial on the mainland was unsanitary. The canal that separated the two islands was filled in during 1836, and subsequently the larger island became known as San Michele. Bodies were carried to the island on special funeral gondolas, including Igor Stravinsky, Joseph Brodsky, Jean Schlumberger, Sergei Diaghilev, Ezra Pound, Luigi Nono, Franco Basaglia and Zoran Mušič. Other attractions include the Cappella Emiliana chapel. The cemetery is still in use today.

*Photograph taken with Nikon D7000, 10-20mm Sigma lens @ 10mm, iso100, f/5.6 handheld. HDR created from 3 bracketed exposures (-2,0,+2), tonemapped in Photomatix. Final processing in PS CS4.

Image added on 17th of June, 2011

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Originally hailing from Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia, Luke’s work uniquely reflects his life-long love of the outdoors and his keen interest in portraiture. Having recently returned from 4.5 years living and travelling abroad, his portfolio presents an intriguing variety of images that will delight any viewer.

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  • John Hare
    John Hareover 3 years ago

    Wow Luke, this is superb! Fantastic light and love the point of view giving a feeling of symmetry to the shot.

  • Thanks John. It was one of my favourite places in Venice.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Dylan Coombe
    Dylan Coombeover 3 years ago

    Great wide angle here Luke!

  • Cheers Dylan.

    – Luke Griffin

  • shadesofcolor
    shadesofcolorover 3 years ago

    Very nice perspective!! great work mate.

  • Cheers mate!

    – Luke Griffin

  • Peter Zentjens
    Peter Zentjensover 3 years ago

    Wow, the perspective – effect on this one just blows me away. Fab shot!

  • Thanks Peter. It’s the 3 or even for ‘layers’ of perspective that really grabbed me in this image. Glad you like it mate, thanks.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Jeanie
    Jeanieover 3 years ago

  • Awesome!! Thanks very much Jeanie!

    – Luke Griffin

  • pollard71
    pollard71over 3 years ago


  • Cheers Herschel.

    – Luke Griffin

  • George Salazar
    George Salazarover 3 years ago

    how cool

  • Thank you George.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Delfino
    Delfinoover 3 years ago

    Very nice effect with the 10mm, looking good!

  • Cheers Delf…. I love my wide angle lens. ;-)

    – Luke Griffin

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 3 years ago

    Superb shot…

  • Cheers Jason.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenover 3 years ago

    The POV is spectacular Luke!

  • Thank you very much Carol.

    – Luke Griffin

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