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Gondolier by BenHeine Gondolier by BenHeine
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I took this photo last month in Venice, Italy. The man was sitting on a small bridge waiting for people willing to travel in his gondola. I'll share more photos from Venice soon...

The above photo has been shot with the Samsung NX10, provided by Samsung Electronics. Co., Ltd.
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For more information about my artwork: info@benheine.com
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I don't know where to start to describe how wonderful this photo is.
First the mans smile, Mona Lisa just got competition ;) You might read it in his eyes and look for it on his lips... now it's there now something else comes in. If you look at his face again including his posture you read other expressions drawn from a life experience. Once its an attitude, then its weariness, and then it is interest in you... he is in the middle of life.
He is also the man behind the facade and before the facades. He is wearing the gondolier's hat, the facade for the tourists. And he is standing/leaning before the facades of Venice. Yet the facades become real because of him and how he wears these facades.
The contrast between the stark stripes of the shirt and the soft background, works to bring the man out of the sepia tone you chose for the photo and reminds us who the photo is about. It also separates past from present.
Here comes the poetry of this image. The light in the background works well with it being out of focus to produce a haziness that brings in nostalgia.
Since the background is a canal, you can see the focus "fading", like our memory. And this for me symbolizes the gondolier's memory. I venture to suggest that you intended it this way since he is slightly off center giving us a view of the canal, and of course, a gondola.
Viewing this photo you keep returning to the gondoliers face to read another layer of his expression... find another story in his poetry.
One might read this photo as "a man and his trade", which it is a wonderful example for... but this portrait is much more.

Shot in our time, but timeless.

Chapeau
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tr1st3r Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
His posture characterizes him so well.
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pariah87 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
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great portrait
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Ali-C-05 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student General Artist
wow! Amazing picture! :)
It would be really weird if it was the same gondola man that i saw when i was in Venice :D He was sitting on a bridge as you say but i was too shy to get a picture :)
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wiebkefesch Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm interested in how the black and white of the man's shirt is a different set of tones than the background. It's subtle but works to bring him out front.

Not that you need the publicity so much, but I've featured this photo in a DA blog post here: [link]

Again, great work.
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jupitersblh Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
I want this man's JOB ~_~
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sandor09 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
Beautiful portrait.
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Aminebjd Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Forza Italia :)
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sayaqaisara Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Student Photographer
i love the color. the eyes of the man tells a story
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T-Thomas Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011   General Artist
Congratulations! Your work has been featured here: [link] :dance:
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AJlife Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
Amazing portrait...the foreground so clear, he almost moves in front of the backdrop.
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xMEGALOPOLISx Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Professional Photographer
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FrkHilde Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
Amazing portrait.
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abrinejem Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wow. I love how strong the contrast is on the figure and mild in the background
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InnocentDrive Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm digging his hat <3
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friendly-mushroom00 Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
Ah Venice, the people there are charming :heart:
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GranBoy Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how sharp the black and white stripes of his uniform contrast with the fading background. I'm honestly falling in love with your photos. :heart:

Also, he's quite handsome :meow:
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Pmania Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
I just got back from Venice too and it's such an amazing place, so romantic and with such a unique atmosphere. Awesome shot!
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Kyuaress Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
Love this photo so much. your photography is always amazing.
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mamaOOD Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very catchy!
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mishulika007 Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
he looks just like Robert DeNiro!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Xnak3 Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude your pics are MINDFUCK srsly o___O
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Manlarr Featured By Owner May 11, 2011   Photographer
Simple and wonderful.
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FMpicturs Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful picture!
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zeyuna Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
the background is blur but the man is sharp. that is really outstanding
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Peanutbubble Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
this is a really beautiful shot :)
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modoimoda Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
this is very nice
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EvidentlyChickentown Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
molto bello ..complimenti
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66lightning Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Professional Artist
Very nice shot. It looks like a piece of history.
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mendigoart Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
i love s2
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Zingaresa Featured By Owner May 10, 2011   Writer
"We're called gondolieri, but that's a vagary; it's quite honorary the trade that we ply. For gallantry noted, since we were short-coated, to beauty devoted, Giuseppe and I!"

*grin* Couldn't help myself. He's fantastic.
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PurpleHope Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great portrait !

the background show alot of Venise's culture :D
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roney2011 Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
beautiful photo
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MasqueradexLies Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
What a beautiful picture. <3 His eyes, the setting, his costume (well, more like a uniform). :3
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StandingRockStudio Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice! :)
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HallzAddict Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great
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JazzinLyric Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Please never stop taking pictures.
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hardriff Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
es genial, me recuerda algo bohemio, y los prededores del sombrero dan a entender los viajes que ha hecho
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ziperka Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
great portrait
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dari97 Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
so cute
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inObrAS Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
Wonderful portrait! :clap:
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Corsacfoxes Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I adore this, it screams Venice.
It's just perfect!
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Elina
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jennystokes Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
Nice one.
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Latin007 Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
That's so cool
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aprilclash Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i like the feel of this shot nice job!
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aruetter Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
He looks like a young version of Robert de Niro. :)
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amenlugo Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
ahh que linda foto!
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PoolParty911 Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
i really like the shadows in the mans face :)
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MrGreenankle Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
Wow! His eyes...
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SzikraTheDragon Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing:D
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SzikraTheDragon Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really cheered me up :)
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