The photograph I couldn't take

Maggie Hegarty

Beaumaris, Australia

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To escape the crowds of tourists in Venice I headed to the offshore islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. When the ferry docked at Burano the church bell was tolling. I wandered around for the next hour or so with my two cameras; my trusty old medium-format Yashicaflex loaded with black and white film and my SLR loaded with colour transparency film. It was a sunny, crisp morning in autumn, perfect weather for taking photographs. I sat on a seat deliberating whether I would take the next ferry to Torcello or spend more time on Burano.

At that moment the double doors of the church opened and a coffin was carried down the steps and placed on a bier. The bell had tolled relentlessly throughout the service. As the people filed from the church they formed a line behind the coffin which was being wheeled along a narrow path. They were heading toward a timber bridge to cross to a small island where the cemetery was located. Most of the mourners were either teenagers or people in their early twenties; it was obviously the funeral of one of their friends.

A hush came over the bystanders waiting for the ferry. We all stood with bowed heads as the procession passed by. It was like a scene from a black and white Fellini film as they crossed over the bridge. This was a very moving experience and one I will never forget, but it was a scene that I could not photograph. After they had disappeared from sight I photographed where I had been sitting.

Yashicaflex 635, medium format, Delta Professional film 400 ISO.

Top ten in the ‘Italian Benches’ in The Other side of Italy group.
Runner up in the “Picture with a story” challenge.

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