Waiting For You by Mark Ross

Hunting thruout Venice’s canals and alleys for something special to photograph, I came upon this painted figure at the end of an alley. There was an artist who had painted these shadowy figures thruout Venice the second year that I was in Venice working on a series of photographs of the city by full moonlight. Every now and then you’d come across one. It always took you by surprise because you would never anticipate it. I never found out who the artist was nor do I know what became of the work itself but it held an allure for me. Click once on image to enlarge.

Something catches my eye and I photograph it, always with the intention of reworking it into something I can call my own. My thinking: It’s not what you look at that matters but what it is you see and how you see it. That’s what matters. That’s how the artist shines through.

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  • Kitsmumma
    Kitsmummaalmost 7 years ago

    Wow, love the lighting and dimension in this is Mark, excellent!

  • Thanks for the compliment Sylvia. Rather high key lighting wouldn’t you say?

    – Mark Ross

  • Anthony Davey
    Anthony Daveyalmost 7 years ago

    Nice one mark, love the blacks in this, I sort of make it feature of my work (a good black, it’s really important)

  • Thanks Anthony. I totally agree with you and yet there are times it doesn’t do the trick; such as when there’s detail in the shadows that you want to preserve. So I find you have to weigh each and every work and determine how you’re going to handle it. My rule of thumb is to hold onto shadow detail where possible and where there’s none, then max the black. The same goes for whites. Every finished work should have a deep black and a bright white somewhere within it if you want to heighten the sense of lighting drama and complete the tonal scale. I find that works best most but not all of the time.

    – Mark Ross

  • Anthony Davey
    Anthony Daveyalmost 7 years ago

    Yes, I agree in full, keep up the good work

  • jockey
    jockeyalmost 7 years ago

    yes love the shadows and the light at the end that draws you towards the shadowy
    igure in the back ground-another nice shot

  • Howdy Bill. Just came across your great comment of a month ago. In response: better late than never I guess you could say! Thanks so much for your kind words.

    – Mark Ross

  • byer
    byeralmost 7 years ago


  • Thanks!

    – Mark Ross

  • Joe Mortelliti
    Joe Mortellitialmost 7 years ago

    love the mood and drama

  • Thanks Joe. That’s how I’d describe Venice at night too. Fascinating place, like no other.

    – Mark Ross

  • Alan E Taylor
    Alan E Taylorover 6 years ago

    A very atmospheric image, oozing with mystery and intrigue. This would make a great book cover.

  • Your words brought a big smile to my face! You’ve offered up a very fetching remark indeed. Sounds good to my ear. Thanks Alan!

    – Mark Ross

  • Ben Grant
    Ben Grantabout 6 years ago

    its a beautiful shot, really shows the character on Venice

  • Thanks for the good word Ben. I appreciate it.

    – Mark Ross

  • Tiffany Dryburgh
    Tiffany Dryburghabout 6 years ago

    I love all of this series but I think this is my most fave! It has an air of mystery with that figure at the end.

  • Thanks again Tiffany! This identical image was plastered all over Venice by an artist on a mission. Everywhere one went, there it was.

    – Mark Ross

  • Mark  Coward
    Mark Cowardalmost 6 years ago

    I wonder whether she/he ever arrived.

  • Who knows? Maybe he was waiting for me, lol!

    – Mark Ross

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