By Alessandro Bianchi
I was waiting aboard a taxi boat moored in front of the Hotel Cipriani in Venice for four hours waiting to photograph U.S. actor George Clooney at the gala dinner ahead of his wedding ceremony. Unfortunately, about 30 taxi boats full of reporters, photographers and the paparazzi had exactly the same idea.
At around 6 o’clock in the evening, George jumped on his personal taxi boat “Amore” to go to the Aman Hotel and the taxi fleet swarmed around his boat to take the best picture.
Working on a taxi boat is hard at the best of times, as the waves can make it unstable and you can lose your balance, but the job was made even more difficult by the fact that Clooney’s boat was surrounded by others rented by the media.
It was here that I experienced the most difficult part of this story. I had covered events like this before, such as the Venice Film Festival where we followed a movie star by boat on their arrival, but this time it was different. So many taxi boats surrounded the actor yet we all had to sail in the Grand Canal alongside the regular traffic and gondolas.
To get the best view, I decided to jump on the roof and work from the top to try to get something distinctive.