Oct 222014
 

Rewind: The Bear in the Canal Interview

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Bear in the Canal: Roberto and Sandro make final touches. © Adam Marelli

Bear in the Canal: Roberto and Sandro make final touches. © Adam Marelli

The Back Story

Everything in this series was shot in a squero (Venetian boatyard) that was started by Roberto Tramontin’s great-grandfather in 1884. My presence was lackluster at best and believe me, I’m not in when it comes to Venice. In fact, I don’t know if anyone who is not born in Venice is ever in. The impact on the images is that I needed to rely on my construction background to understand what I was watching. There was no guided tour. Had I not been involved with custom fabrication for so many years, the work would not make much sense. As a builder there are things that I look for, which are never explained. For example, gondolas are not built from drawings, like houses or cars. They are built using age old templates. The templates would make zero sense if you found them on the floor. It’s kind of like a construction riddle that was half designed to protect the proprietary secrets of the squero and the other half for design simplicity. The Venetian naval historian Gilberto Penzo even notes that the division of the gondola is all on the golden ratio, once again unifying the work of the art with the craftsmen. Everyone is speaking the same design language at the core.

Read the full interview here on the Leica Camera Blog: http://blog.leica-camera.com/photographers/interviews/adam-marelli-exploring-the-craftmanship-behind-venetian-boatyards/ 

I presented Roberto with a  collector's set of images for his family's archives.  Adam Marelli and Roberto Tramontin © Monika Houck

I presented Roberto with a collector’s set of images for his family’s archives. Adam Marelli and Roberto Tramontin © Monika Houck

Adam and Roberto 1 © Monika Houck

Adam and Roberto discussing cameras of all things. © Monika Houck

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