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Started spontaneously in the 12th century, and officially sanctioned by the 17th, the Venice Carnival (Carnevale) was discontinued late in the 18th century when the Holy Roman authorities were fearful of it becoming too licentious. But as a venue for stunning displays of wealth, influence and sheer joie-de-vivre, Venice at Carnival time is unbeatable, and it was revived properly in 1979. Now most of Europe seems to be there for the weeks leading up to Lent. When I went, it was as director of photograpy for a ski-fashion shoot for a major retail brand, and I hadn’t heard of the Venice Carnival. So when fabulously-costumed party-goers started crowding onto the vaporetto for the trip down the Grand Canal to St Marks Sq, it was obvious even to me that something special was afoot. Everywhere you looked was a poseur or two (as here) or a family dressed as the Borgias proudly strutting around. What topped the lot for me was seeing a Casanova-like figure in a black cloak, tricorn hat and gold shoes getting funds from an ATM before disappearing down an alley with a swirl of his cloak. Sadly, I wasn’t quick enough with the camera. 
  For a fabulous and unforgettable experience, I would urge anyone to visit Venice, at any time, especially for Carnival, the masks, the costumes, the party atmosphere that infects the whole city. But going back for me has never had quite the same impact of that first magical encounter with the Serenissima.
Started spontaneously in the 12th century,
and officially sanctioned by the 17th, the
Venice Carnival (Carnevale) was discontinued
late in the 18th century when the Holy Roman
authorities were fearful of it becoming too
licentious. But as a venue for stunning
displays of wealth, influence and sheer
joie-de-vivre, Venice at Carnival time is
unbeatable, and it was revived properly in
1979. Now most of Europe seems to be there
for the weeks leading up to Lent. When I went, it was as director of photograpy for a
ski-fashion shoot for a major retail brand, a two-hour drive north from Venice, and I
hadn’t heard of the Carnival. So when fabulously-costumed party-goers started
crowding onto the vaporetto for the trip down the Grand Canal to St Marks Sq, it was
obvious even to me that something special was afoot. Everywhere you looked was a
poseur or two (as here) or a family dressed as the Borgias proudly strutting around.
What topped the lot for me was seeing a Casanova-like figure in a black cloak, tricorn
hat and gold shoes getting funds from an ATM before disappearing down an alley with a
swirl of his cloak. Sadly, I wasn’t quick enough with the camera.
For a fabulous and unforgettable experience, I would urge anyone to visit Venice, at
any time, especially for Carnival, the masks, the costumes, the party atmosphere that
infects the whole city. But going back for me has never had quite the same impact of
that first magical encounter with the Serenissima.
Started spontaneously in the 12th century, and officially sanctioned by the 17th, the Venice Carnival (Carnevale) was discontinued late in the 18th century
when the Holy Roman authorities were fearful of it becoming too licentious. But as a venue for stunning displays of wealth, influence and sheer joie-de-vivre,
Venice at Carnival time is unbeatable, and it was revived properly in 1979. Now most of Europe seems to be there for the weeks leading up to Lent. When I
went, it was as director of photograpy for a ski-fashion shoot for a major retail brand, a two-hour drive north from Venice, and I hadn’t heard of the Carnival.
So when fabulously-costumed party-goers started crowding onto the vaporetto for the trip down the Grand Canal to St Marks Sq, it was obvious even to me
that something special was afoot. Everywhere you looked was a poseur or two (as here) or a family dressed as the Borgias proudly strutting around. What
topped the lot for me was seeing a Casanova-like figure in a black cloak, tricorn hat and gold shoes getting funds from an ATM before disappearing down an
alley with a swirl of his cloak. Sadly, I wasn’t quick enough with the camera.
For a fabulous and unforgettable experience, I would urge anyone to visit Venice, at any time, especially for Carnival, the masks, the costumes, the party
atmosphere that infects the whole city. But going back for me has never had quite the same impact of that first magical encounter with the Serenissima.
Started spontaneously in the 12th century, and
officially sanctioned by the 17th, the Venice
Carnival (Carnevale) was discontinued late in
the 18th century when the Holy Roman
authorities were fearful of it becoming too
licentious. But as a venue for stunning displays
of wealth, influence and sheer joie-de-vivre,
Venice at Carnival time is unbeatable, and it
was revived properly in 1979. Now most of
Europe seems to be there for the weeks leading
up to Lent. When I went, it was as director of photograpy for a ski-fashion shoot for a
major retail brand, a two-hour drive north from Venice, and I hadn’t heard of the
Carnival. So when fabulously-costumed party-goers started crowding onto the vaporetto
for the trip down the Grand Canal to St Marks Sq, it was obvious even to me that
something special was afoot. Everywhere you looked was a poseur or two (as here) or a
family dressed as the Borgias proudly strutting around. What topped the lot for me was
seeing a Casanova-like figure in a black cloak, tricorn hat and gold shoes getting funds
from an ATM before disappearing down an alley with a swirl of his cloak. Sadly, I wasn’t
quick enough with the camera.
For a fabulous and unforgettable experience, I would urge anyone to visit Venice, at any
time, especially for Carnival, the masks, the costumes, the party atmosphere that infects
the whole city. But going back for me has never had quite the same impact of that first
magical encounter with the Serenissima.

At the Venice Carnevale

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Started spontaneously in the 12th century, and officially sanctioned by the 17th, the Venice Carnival (Carnevale) was discontinued late in the 18th century when the Holy Roman authorities were fearful of it becoming too licentious. But as a venue for stunning displays of wealth, influence and sheer joie-de-vivre, Venice at Carnival time is unbeatable, and it was revived properly in 1979. Now most of Europe seems to be there for the weeks leading up to Lent. When I went, it was as director of photograpy for a ski-fashion shoot for a major retail brand, a two-hour drive north from Venice, and I hadn’t heard of the Carnival. So when fabulously-costumed party-goers started crowding onto the vaporetto for the trip down the Grand Canal to St Marks Sq, it was obvious even to me that something special was afoot. Everywhere you looked was a poseur or two (as here) or a family dressed as the Borgias proudly strutting around. What topped the lot for me was seeing a Casanova-like figure in a black cloak, tricorn hat and gold shoes getting funds from an ATM before disappearing down an alley with a swirl of his cloak. Sadly, I wasn’t quick enough with the camera. 
  For a fabulous and unforgettable experience, I would urge anyone to visit Venice, at any time, especially for Carnival, the masks, the costumes, the party atmosphere that infects the whole city. But going back for me has never had quite the same impact of that first magical encounter with the Serenissima.
For strong colour pictures, try a classic black lacquered frame. Here it echoes the shine on the faces.

For strong colour pictures, try a classic black lacquered frame. Here it echoes the shine on the faces.

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