Every classic Italian photo collection needs some laundry hanging out to dry. This is mine. I like the color of the wall, and I think that the graffiti says a little something about the city of Venice, which has been called the "most beautiful city built by man." Even Venice has its graffiti.
I don't know what that has to do with laundry. Dirty laundry? There ya go.
The mask shops of Venice are unforgettable. While, yes, there are only a certain number of mask patterns and you can pretty much find the same ones for the same price at every shop, the cool thing is that every shop is still local. The person selling you the mask is usually the same person who actually made it. And, the masks are still beautiful, especially in the rows and rows of patterns and colors and shapes.
Even in this small selection, you can see the many differences between each type. There’s just something about Venice and masks.
There is something distinctly creepy about masks. The way they hide your face, veiling something you don’t want to be seen or recognized. While I spent an entire semester studying Gothic literature and the importance of masks (Cask of Amontillado, anyone?), I also know that they are central to Carnivale and all of the customs that go along with that.
This photograph was taken outside of a street bazaar in which masks, costumes, and Venetian treats were being sold. I like this photograph because it takes a somewhat unique look at masks: can masks themselves be masked? And what does that mean?
Canals, canals, canals everywhere! Venice is known for its canals. This photograph is by far the best picture of the canals. Thank goodness that I love this picture (it’s hanging on my wall at home).
First and foremost, I love the color in this picture. The brick reds mesh well with the greens of the waterways. Too bad those gondola rides are so damn expensive, or you might be getting some very different views of Venice.
This photograph is a product of a crazy amount of picture taking, and pushing, and shoving. Piazza San Marco was crazy during the costume contest, and the fabulous Carnivale celebrators were out in full.
While I wish the costume had been a bit more colorful, there’s something venerable and classic about it. I love the eyes—it’s in fact the most interesting thing about the photo. Who is this person behind the mask?!
This photograph won Most Artistic in a photography contest.