Capturing Ephemeral Moments In Venice

Travel for me is all about the transient moments I encounter. Fleeting fragments of life that evoke mood and a sense of place. To be able to freeze those ephemeral stories, to ensure they endure long after their momentary enactment, is such a boon.

Here are a few examples. All from Venice.Surprise - VeniceIn Torcello….DSC_3366 copyExiting a vaporetto….DSC_3075 copyA selfie  beneath the Rialto…DSC_4085 copy

A romantic stroll in San Marco.

Until next time…..happy travels, no matter where life takes you.

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

74 thoughts on “Capturing Ephemeral Moments In Venice

    1. There was a moment’s connection there Naomi, before we all rushed out, and I just had to freeze it 🙂

  1. I’d say this is real nice mood –
    the criss-cross feeling the first one – with the stroller and leash and that Xthey make – then with the baby’s eyes on the pulling dog – what a split second you caught there Madhu – and what would Venice be without a ride along the turquoise water being documented with a selfie – lol – lastly, I found the mood of the final photo to be most provocative- how did you get this one???? the matching hats and the contrast with the couple watching and the 2 mannequins in the lit window – (spread open pretty hand of lady adds to the feel) but the faded spray paint is what throws in the twist!

    1. Ha….I stalked them Yvette 😀 I walked some distance behind them hoping there would be fewer pedestrians ahead and got rewarded with that shop window for a backdrop moments before they turned the corner!! The matching hats are a serendipitous bonus! 🙂

      1. ha – so you are a stalker – lol – that is so fun to how you almost missed the shot then – serendipitous indeed….

  2. Love that, oh yeah great last mood, and the little girl – I fell in love with her eyes. Yes you are a master at capturing these little moments the story, we are lucky to be able to enjoy your spirit of life’s moments.

    1. Thanks Debbie. They weren’t stationary. I had to hurry to get this shot before they turned the corner 🙂

    1. That is the most beautiful thing about photography isn’t it Meg? To be able to look back and relive those moments? Pleasure to see you here always. Have a lovely day 🙂

  3. The little girl in the second photo is a very old soul Madhu and I’d love to know what she’s thinking. She seems entranced by you! Great ephemeral shots, each telling stories.

    1. R said she looks like she’s thinking “What a crazy lady!”. I am going with ‘entranced’ too 😀

  4. Each one different. Each with its own mood. For someone who prefers to photograph architecture, you really got some great street scenes, Madhu. That last one of the couple is a classic…hats, hand, leg angles, splash of yellow and all framed by the window. Cities are about people and you have some great captures that show your moment with them.:)

  5. Dear Madhu! What a wonderful moment to stop in and say hello. Man, I need to win the lottery so I can hire help to cut my work time in half. I miss visiting you and my many other blog friends. I haven’t forgotten you and your brilliant photography. 🙂

  6. I loved that you looked at the “other” Venice and didn’t get stuck with the bridges and the architecture. I live there when I am in Italy and Venice is so much more than a museum – still a living and breathing city.

  7. It’s amazing the emotion and pure humanness that is revealed by this type of picture, as opposed to posed, perfectly-timed ones. I love them.

    1. I prefer candid street photography as well David. Something gets lost when the subject becomes aware of the photographer.

  8. Nicely captured moments–ethereal, indeed! Shouldn’t that guy taking the selfie be holding the camera upright to get the bridge and the guy rowing in the shot???

      1. You’re right, I’d imagine that would be the point at that particular moment…still, I’d want a gondolier in the background,too.

  9. Excellent timing of all the photos… And all the characters on their own, engrossed in their own, very innocent… Happy clicking 🙂

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