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Piazza San Marco

Venice, looking across the piazza to the Basilica di San Marco and the Campanile

Standing in the arch reading the light meter of his Contaflex is my father Stan, then Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Queensland. This was his first visit to Europe, and a chance to see buildings he had read about in Sir Bannister Fletcher's History of architecture.

Olympus Pen half-frame 35mm camera, introduced 1959

I took this picture with my little Olympus Pen camera. Then we walked across the square and into the basilica, full of rich rever­berations. Under one of the domes a man was photo­graphing mosaics with a Linhof Technika 70. I decided I wanted a bigger camera. And I started to think it might be OK to be an architect.

Linhof Technika 70

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