People of Burano

This is the last in my series about the colourful Italian island of Burano.
I am not a street photographer and none of these shots would even begin to qualify as decent candid portraits, but they are the best I could manage, awkwardly trying not to be noticed as I furtively snatched an image or two.
I wonder what it is like living on a tiny island where every day the day trippers vastly outnumber the inhabitants.
Do the locals heave a hearty sigh of relief when the late afternoon’s long shadows see the departure of the last vaporetto and the colourful streets no longer echo with the babble of multiple foreign tongues?
Tourism and the sale of intricate lace, to tourists, are the principal/only industries on Burano so the relationship with the tourists must necessarily be one of polite encouragement.  Certainly we didn’t feel any animosity.  But it must be a strange existence.
Tourism websites are rather coy on the question of the origins of the tradition for colourful houses. They seem to agree that it began during the middle ages and had something to do with distinguishing dwellings from each other. Apparently the colours follow a well-established pattern and if one wants to paint one’s house one must apply to the government who will then provide a list of permitted colours.
I leave you with a few more shots of the colourful island.

Pure draughtsmen are philosophers and dialecticians. Colourists are epic poets. (Charles Baudelaire)


The picture will have charm when each colour is very unlike the one next to it. (Leon Battista Alberti)


Color is all. When color is right, form is right. Color is everything, color is vibration like music; everything is vibration. (Marc Chagall)

7 thoughts on “People of Burano

  1. The little girl in the blue coat definitely qualifies you as street photographer. She is lovely. Thanks for this visit to a place I’d never heard of. Delightful.

  2. Oh my gosh. The color of that town is so visually exciting! How on earth did you get that shot with no people on the sidewalks? Time of day? Did you edit them out?

    You did some wonderful candid shots of the locals. Looks like a great place to visit.

    • Hi! No editing required. Most of the tourists stick to certain main paths so it is very easy to get away from them simply by turning a corner into a side street. 🙂

      Sent from my iPhone

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