Vanishing Venice, 2009
Finding a quiet moment during the Carnival festivities, a woman with her face painted to depict a Japanese geisha gazes up at a shower of confetti. Carnival celebrations take place in many countries, each with a slightly different style. Masquerade, whether a physical mask or painted face, is a defining characteristic of the Carnival of Venice.
“The costumed revelers delight in stillness and the pose, and a certain historically accurate atmosphere, unlike the frenetic activity and abandon of Carnival in South America. I think more than a few get really lost in their Carnival personas, a bit adrift from reality. It borders on obsession.”