by Deborah Loeb Bohren
Not unlike Joseph’s fabled coat of many colors, the houses of Isola di Burano, a small island in the lagoon just north of Venice (www.isoladiburano.it), are more colorful than a 64 ct. box of Crayola Crayons.
Originally a fishing village dating back to Roman times, Burano became known for producing extremely fine, intricate lace by hand beginning in the early 16th century. Today however, most visitors come to Burano to feast their eyes on the architectural rainbow of square two and three story houses that blanket the island. Some say the tradition of painting each house a unique color – no two adjacent houses are the same – originated as a method of defining property limits. Others say the practice developed so that local fisherman could find their way through the dense fog that often envelopes the island. However, locals like to spin the tale that each house was painted a different color to help sailors who may have had a bit too much to drink make their way home to the right house. The houses range from bright and bold freshly painted colors (right up to the rooftop satellite dish) to muted, faded and peeling but, in every case, the color palette of the island is guaranteed to surprise and delight.
Deborah Loeb Bohren is a fine art and travel photographer. Photography has been Deb’s passion since her father put a camera in her hand when she was only five years old. Today she combines that passion with her love of travel, using her camera to capture the intersection and interplay of light, line and color to create visual stories from the flea markets of Paris to the dunes of Morocco and from Machu Picchu to Havana and beyond. She lives in New York.