Below is an edition of 6 dry point etches on soft ground, of a gondolier on one of the canals in Venice, carrying not tourists, but goods along the Venetian waterways. The gondolier in the etch was on open water on the stretch between Venice itself and the Cemetery of San Michele.
The owner of the home where I stayed last time I was in Venice said, “make sure you’re back by nine, otherwise you’ll get wet feet”. Early in the morning I could see people brushing away the water from inside the ground-floor rooms of their homes. This constant threat of flooding combined with a declining population, floods of tourists, water pollution and congestion makes for an unhappy mix.