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CARNIVAL REVISITED

Venetian Carnival dates back to the 12th Century when it began as a celebration of Venice’s victory over its rival, Aquileia.  Thereafter, Aquileia was required to provide Venice with a bull and twelve pigs annually, which were slaughtered and consumed by the Venetians in a daylong feast. 

Today, Carnevale di Venezia is a two-week celebration complete with elaborate costumes, colorful masks, endless entertainment and parties. During Carnival, Venice is alive with excitement and teeming with spectators and festival celebrants.  People in extraordinary costumes abound and vibrant colors liven the city everywhere.

After a six-year hiatus, I was excited to return to Venice to photograph this remarkable festival. My goal was not solely to record the event. I was mainly intrigued with portraits of the costumed characters. I was looking to capture the candid glance, or fleeting expression behind the mask. Some favorite images of Carnival 2016 are included here.

COME TO CARNIVAL
PLAYFUL PIXIE 5
PLAYFUL PIXIE 1
PLAYFUL PIXIE 2
PLAYFUL PIXIE 3
PLAYFUL PIXIE 4
LAVENDER LOVELY
EYEING YOU
PURPLE ROSE 1
PURPLE ROSE 2
RAINBOW EYES
LOOK AT US 1
LOOK AT US 2
LOOK AT ME 1
LOOK AT ME 2
LOOK AT ME 3
STUNNER 1
STUNNER 2
STUNNER 3
FUNNY GIRL 1
FUNNY GIRL 2
FUNNY GIRL 3
FUNNY GIRL 4
FUNNY GIRL 5
HARLEQUIN
COTTON CANDY COUPLE
COTTON CANDYMAN
COTTON CANDY GIRL
AUTUMN FLAIR
AUTUMN SPLENDOR 1
AUTUMN SPLENDOR 2
AUTUMN SPLENDOR 3
TEMPTING TRIO
STRETCH
RED JESTER 1
RED JESTER 3
USER UNFRIENDLY
SPOOKY ONE
VERNAL MAGIC 1
VERNAL MAGIC 2
VERNAL MSGIC 3
MAGENTA MYSTERY
SUNLIT MASKS
CAPTAIN OBVIOUS
PEEK A BOO
PERENNIAL MIME
COPIOUS COLOR
HYPNOTIC
HALLOWEEN HIPSTERS 1
HALLOWEEN HIPSTERS 2
REGAL IN RED 1
REGAL IN RED 2
REGAL IN RED 3
REGAL IN RED 4
HANDSOME COUPLE
PARTNER'S TOUCH
OVER THE TOP
LADY IN RED 1
LADY IN RED 2
IMPISH 1
IMPISH 2
SUBTLE MAJESTY 1
SOLAR SOULS 1
MASK ARRAYED
SOLAR SOULS 2