Addio Fernando… The Truth Is, I Love Venice More

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Venice fashion story by White Caviar Life. Location shoot at the Piazza San Marco by Sydney fashion photographer Kent Johnson.

The woman in red left her last party of the night, and walked into the Piazza San Marco at dawn. She’s too familiar with the overnight parties but not so familiar with the emptiness of the Piazza she knows so well… She meant to board a boat to be taken towards her upcoming wedding and a new home on the other side of the wide wide ocean. She was feeling sentimental.

Venice fashion story by White Caviar Life. Location shoot at the Piazza San Marco by Sydney fashion photographer Kent Johnson.
Venice fashion story by White Caviar Life. Location shoot at the Piazza San Marco by Sydney fashion photographer Kent Johnson.

This woman in red was moved by the beauty of the Queen of the Adriatic, she admired her. Thoughts of leaving Venice and her sweet life behind saddened her. The clock was ticking and her boat was approaching. After all, it was her late father who arranged this marriage of convenience. She walked up and down as she tried to make the most of her last hour as a free woman. ‘To leave or not to leave?’ That was the question in her mind. The wind blew and a fresh air of freedom seemed like an answer she was waiting for. The truth was, she never wanted to part with The Floating City. Courage overcome her fear, she decided there and then. It’s okay to miss the boat; it’s fine to be judged… as long as she’s true to herself.

Venice fashion story by White Caviar Life. Location shoot at the Piazza San Marco by Sydney fashion photographer Kent Johnson.
Venice fashion story by White Caviar Life. Location shoot at the Piazza San Marco by Sydney fashion photographer Kent Johnson.

The woman in red then made a phone call to her groom-to-be. After a long pause, she told him calmly and firmly: ‘Addio Fernando… The truth is, I love Venice more.’

Woman in red Venice fashion shoot at the St Mark's Square by Australian fashion photographer Kent Johnson. Styling and story by Vivienne She for White Caviar Life.
Woman in red Venice fashion shoot at the St Mark's Square by Australian fashion photographer Kent Johnson. Styling and story by Vivienne She for White Caviar Life.

Well I hope you do see some connections between my micro story and these images. Towards the end of our Piazza San Marco photoshoot, Kent finally got the public phones in the frame. Since day one when he spotted them, he loved these modern yet retro payphones and was keen to use them in a fashion shot. At the time of shooting, Kent used the flash to create a paparazzi-style mood. ‘Imagine Jackie Onassis left a party only to find there was NO BOAT to pick her up and she was mobbed by paparazzi!’… ‘”Onassis, where is my boat?” That’s what you shout down the phone.’ Kent kept on directing. I’m pretty sure he was having some fun here. Although my story is not quite the same as Kent’s version, you can see where I get the party and the boat ideas from.

Woman in red Venice fashion shoot at the St Mark's Square by Australian fashion photographer Kent Johnson. Styling and story by Vivienne She for White Caviar Life.
Woman in red Venice fashion shoot at the St Mark's Square by Australian fashion photographer Kent Johnson. Styling and story by Vivienne She for White Caviar Life.

Another story which ran – literally – parallel with our tale that morning was… Spider-Man: Far From Home. That’s right, half of the St Mark’s Square was closed that morning for filming this Hollywood blockbuster and the crowd were gathered around the other side of the Piazza. It was our 5th morning since arriving Venice, and we had not seen the Square so packed with action so early in the day! Later on at a little bar where Kent often got his morning coffee, he asked the film crew about their project while having a quick chat with them. ‘We saw you too, what were you shooting for?’ Kent was noticed by the Hollywood film crew?!! And that’s how you know he moves like a pro.

Woman in red Venice fashion shoot at the St Mark's Square by Australian fashion photographer Kent Johnson. Styling and story by Vivienne She for White Caviar Life.

Well we hope you are entertained by our beautiful Venice images and storytelling exercise. The ‘Deliciousness of Venice’ is coming next! Stay tuned. Ciao for now!

Woman in red Venice fashion shoot at the St Mark's Square by Australian fashion photographer Kent Johnson. Styling and story by Vivienne She for White Caviar Life.

Photography / Kent Johnson
Styling / Vivienne She

Outfit Of The Day

Galeries Lafayette scarf
Linda Farrow sunglasses
Masterpiece Opal & Gem ring (right hand)
Tiffany & Co. ring (left hand)
Omega watch
Bianca Spender dress
Jiufen Old Street handmade fabric bag
Antonio Barbato slingback heels

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