Water, design, decay, light, and shadow…the visual attractions of Venice are a synthesis of human imagination and construction, the unrelenting forces of nature, and the slow creep of time that fuses them together into strange and new art forms. You could spend a lifetime exploring the patterns of decay on her walls; or studying the reflections of buildings, boats, and people in her waters. City of the past, city of the future, city of shameless commerce and collective fantasy…City of ghosts and dead-end alleyways…city of moss and damp, city of fog and monuments. Tawdry and magnificent, overexposed yet forever mysterious. The act of photographing Venice is, like Carnival itself, an attempt to enter into the dream of Venice. These images, culled from hours of aimless wandering, represent some of my favorite dreams.