Campo Giovanni e Paolo Santissimi, Venice, (osm)
Of course such a topic can’t go by without reference to German author Thomas Mann’s novella ‘Dead in Venice’ and its later adaptions by Visconti or, lesser known, Benjamin Britten. The writer’s block, that is one of the main topics of the novel, is certainly something most photographers know in our passion’s typical implementation. But the times have changed, the erotic passion that Thomas Mann describes in his main character, is not the typical fuel for nowaday’s artists any more. And as homoerotic tendencies have long lost their exotic appeal, this puts the plot of the novel clearly and exclusively in its historic context. But the medieval “Memento Mori” certainly still has its importance, in our contemporary fun society, following more or less the ‘anything goes’ paradigm, maybe even more. And whilst I have no inclination to try still lifes with a skull, subjects as this one exert a specific attraction.