As any photography workshop I have ever taken, we were up early today. We were at St. Marks Square by 6 am to photograph models. The models that are serious about Carnivale di Venezia were up early as well.The Venice Carnival is famous for its stunning masks and costumes. Different from other carnivals in the world, the majority of the costumes refer to the attire of the Venetian noblemen and women in the past. The Carnival is in fact one big historical re-enactment. The costumes are often excessively decorated with lots of attention for detail. Some are real pieces of art and required hours of work. You will notice that they often match one another, either by using similar colours or a matching design. This is especially the case for couples, but it is also done for families or small groups of friends.
It’s said that the Carnival of Venice was started from a victory by the Venetian Republic in the year 1162. In the honour of this victory, the people started to dance and gather in St. Marks Square. Apparently, this festival started on that period and became official in the Renaissance. In the seventeenth century, the baroque carnival was a way to save the prestigious image of Venice in the world. It was very famous during the eighteenth century. However, under the rule of the King of Austria, the festival was outlawed entirely in 1797 and the use of masks became strictly forbidden. After a long absence, the Carnival returned in 1979. The Italian government decided to bring back the history and culture of Venice, and sought to use the traditional Carnival as the centerpiece of its efforts. Since then, approximately 3 million visitors come to Venice every year for the Carnival
The photographs below represent some of the more interesting models that I saw on this day.