Photo books by Marc De Tollenaere
I started publishing photographic books in 2007, with Biblos, My first book was “Venice on the edge of light”, a four-years journey, trying to catch the best light, just after dawn or before sunset. It was presented to the public and the press in the prestigious Café Florian in San Marco’s square. For the presentation of the book was chosen an essay by Giorgio De Chirico: “Venice somehows stands apart from Italian life – indeed, from terrestrial life itself. It is another planet altogether. There is something dreamlike about it. What I have always liked about Venice is the sky. Or perhaps one should say “the skies”, for the vaste area that opens up beyound Riva degli Schiavoni changes with every hour of the day, is continually becoming the sky of a totally different world. For me, Venice is a city bound up with tha fate of exceptional men. Personally, I feel confortable within Venice, there is something in the air that encourages relaxation and repose; something unearthly breathes across the lagoon, stimulating dreams.”
Two years later I published “Gondole”, and I was very surprised to discover that no one had ever thought before me to publish a photo book about the most famous boat in the whole world, the gondola, and the reason probably is that not even Venetians themselves can know everything hidden behind the construction of this boat, as it is not only made up of wood, but iron, brass, varnish, fabric too.
Professor Alvise Zorzi, in his beautiful presentation, in a passage writes: “Only those who have experienced the sensation of rowing atop the high board on the stern on which the gondolier stands out against the skyline like the statue of Fortune of the “Dogana da mar” can understand the heady sensation it creates, the infinite range of emotions it opens up.
Rowing a gondola is no easy task, however, and even experienced gondoliers can find themselves dashed into the water due to a treacherous, unexpected movement of a headstrong filly the gondola can prove to be.” Another photographic work lasted years, always in collaboration with the publisher Biblos, covers all the provinces of the Veneto Region. In the preface of the book “Journey in the Venezie” you can read: “The Veneto regioni s a land of images; it is rich in all that beautiful images can add to the life and consiousness of a man. The imperceptible values of a cultivated plain, laid out like a huge garden, form a single whole with simple houses in which stone, colour and even the atmosphere itself speak of a perfection of construction and purpose.”