Venice is the city of mirrors, the city of mirages, at once solid and liquid, at once air and stone. - Erica Jong
Kate Somervell shares her love for Venice in her new exhibition of atmospheric photographs of the enchanting city that has inspired countless artists, writers, and philosophers over the centuries.
Kate uses black and white photography to connect with the soul of her favourite city – the iconic La Serenissima. However, her images have a dark and shadowy side, with some taken in fog or in the hours of darkness. Choosing her locations and timings carefully, Kate captures Venice in hauntingly quiet moments. Her images are timeless, reflecting the long history of the city and the ongoing battle between man and nature.
Away from the iconic views of San Marco, Kate delves deeper into the city with a variety of subject matter, from architecture and the rhythms created in repetitions of columns, as well as carefully composed glimpses of canals, landing stages and bridges. For those who have visited Venice, and those who dream of one day going, Kate is delighted to share her unique view of the city, revealing depths in the shadows and capturing the footsteps of the past.
About the artist
Kate Somervell, who lives in North Yorkshire, ﬁrst visited Venice during the 1970s and never misses an opportunity to return. She was spellbound by the city, the power and grandeur of the buildings, the exotic labyrinth of canals, and the unique rhythm of the city.
It was a world away from her rural upbringing and inspires her to this day. Working in a city unimpeded by traﬃc, Kate thrives in the freedom of being able to wander, to take time to notice every detail, and to just be in the city. Whether cold and foggy or bright and sunny, day or night, there are always images to be discovered – light and shadows, details, textures, rhythms and repetitions.
Kate also remains true to the landscape of the North where she loves working, from North Yorkshire and the Lake District to the North of Scotland. However, no matter the location, trees and water hold particular fascination. Kate also exhibits images as a Gallery Photographer at the Joe Cornish Galleries in Northallerton.
The exhibition is free to enter and will be open daily.
Meet the Artist Days
Kate will be present in the Gallery to talk to visitors about her work on 21st and 23rd September from 10am to 4pm. Come along any time and learn more about her photography and work in Venice.