Ringing the changes

IT CAME as a shock when these giant bells suddenly launched into a deafening clangour while I was photographing from the tower in St Mark’s Square, Venice, but it immediately struck me that this was a rare opportunity to represent sound in the photographic medium.
The lighting was awful, with enormous contrast between the windows and the gloom of the belfry and I wanted a slow enough shutter speed to leave some motion blur in the swinging clapper.
The final result is a bit less refined than my normal studio or landscape shots, but it has immediacy so I am happy with it.

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About ambientimages

Paul Cowan is a former journalist turned full-time photographer.
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