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VENETIAN CARNIVAL

In my view, Venice is a wonderland for photographers, and opportunities for great pictures abound there anytime of year. However, the winter festival of Carnevale di Venezia, or Venetian Carnival, is a truly remarkable experience and my favorite event to photograph. During Carnival, models and spectators appear throughout Venice dressed in elaborate and vividly colored costumes, masks and face paint making this a spectacular event by all accounts.

Carnevale di Venezia dates back to the 12th Century when it began as a celebration of the Venetian victory over Aquileia.   Each year following the defeat, Aquileia was required to provide Venice with a bull and twelve pigs, which were slaughtered and consumed by the Venetians in a daylong feast. The festival expanded to nearly two weeks over time, and wearing masks allowed commoners and royalty to mingle and revel together anonymously without consequence. Control of the participants and their excesses became increasingly difficult, allowing the festival to degenerate to the extent that Napoleon banned it when he conquered Venice in 1797. Carnevale never really recovered until 1980, when it was resurrected by the city to provide a source of tourist income during the winter.

 

LOLA 2009
THE KISS 2009
MELODY IN GOLD 2009
COQUETTE 2009
LISA'S MUSE 2009
HEY BIG SPENDER 2009
SIREN 2009
LAVENDER CHARMS 2009
SERENITY 2009
WHO ME? 2009
TITIAN'S MUSE 2009
TANGERINE DREAM 2009
RED MUSE 2009
RHAPSODY IN RED 2009
DOUBLE TROUBLE 2009
FANTASY 1 2009
MAJESTY 2008
LUSCIOUS 2009
CINNAMON AND SPICE 2009
PINKIE 2 2008
LADY MARMALADE 2008
HOT STUFF 2009
GLITZY 2008
REFLECTIONS CARNIVAL WINDOW 2008
FREAKY MANNEQUIN
MANIC MANNEQUIN 2009
WINDOW FANTASY 2
QUEEN OF HEARTS 2010
DONNA BELLA  2008
QUEENIE 2010
QUEENIE 2 2010
THIS ISN'T KANSAS 2009
LAVENDER BLUE
PRINCESS 2010
I SEE YOU 2010
PRINCESS 3
MIRROR MIRROR 2009
IMPISH 2010
WINDOW FANTASY 2010
CARNIVAL BULL
LOOK AT ME 2010
CARNIVAL GLOW
PARTNERS 2009
AUTUMN FANTASY 2010
FEATHERS AND LASHES 2010
GREEN EYES 2010
ALLURING 2010
FEATHER FANTASY 2010
PINKIE
PEARL
PEARL 2
PAST GLORY
FANTASIA
MUSIC MASK
GOLDEN GIRL
QUEEN OF SPADES
ARANCIONE
ARANCIONE 2
BLACK AND WHITE AND RED
PEEKABOO 2009
TOO MUCH CARNIVAL 2009