Acqua Alta

PhotographerRohan Reilly
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

This series of images were made during the phenomenom of Acqua Alta. Acqua Alta occurs when wind and high tides combine. The first area to flood is Piazza San Marco and it is only for three or four hours. This is the lowest part of Venice. Here they are accustomed to the flooding and it causes the local shop owners and residents no major difficulty. The flooding gives a unique calm and quiet to a very busy area. There is a timelessness and elegance to the city during Acqua Alta which is being flooded with tourists on a daily basis.

About Photographer

Rohan Reilly is a self-taught photographer and fine art gallery owner based in Kinsale Cork, Ireland. Reilly uses long exposures to draw out the essential elements of a scene. His images are enigmatic and compelling, inviting us into a monochromatic world of clean lines and powerful shapes.Rohan has received awards from many prestigious organizations including The Prix De La Photographie in Paris, International Photography Awards, Grand Prix de la Decouverte, UK Landscape Photographer of the Year, and Black and White Spider Awards. He exhibits regularly in Ireland and has been published in magazines and newspapers including The Irish Sunday Times, The Independent, Photography Week, and Dodho Magazine. When not running his gallery he photographs and teaches popular photography workshops across Ireland and Europe.