What to Shoot…..When! (Venice Carnival)

By Geoff Harris

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When: 4 - 13 Feb 2012 (annual)

Where: Venice

Website: http://www.carnevale.venezia.it/

Venice Carnival dates back to 1296 when a public holiday was announced as a time of celebration and expression. People from all walks of life would participate as the wearing masks hid any form of identity between social classes.

During the 1970s, the Italian government decided to bring back the Festival as a way of attracting tourists to Venice at a time of year then otherwise the city would be quiet. Today, photographers from around the world makeup some of the estimated 30,000 visitors who visit Venice during Carnival.

How to Get There

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By Plane to Venice airport (Marco Polo Airport) on the mainland then speed boat to city.  What could be more romantic than these specially designed boats whisking you across the water to your hotel at sundown?

What to Shoot!

St Mark's Square, the theatres and the famous campi burst into life with musical, theatrical, acrobatic and dance performances. The whole city is filled with revellers from all over the world and, for those with a more aristocratic bent, there are dozens of masked balls, brunches in period costume and gala dinners to attend.

Geoff Harris

I am a journalist and photographer and currently work as the Deputy Editor of Amateur Photographer (AP) - http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk the oldest weekly photographic magazine in the world. Before that I served as the editor of Digital Camera, Britain's best-selling photography magazine, for five years. During my time as editor it became the UK's top selling photo monthly and won Print Publication of the Year at the 2013 British Media Awards. As well as being lucky enough to get paid to write about photography, I've been fortunate to interview some of the greatest photographers in the world, including Elliott Erwitt, Don McCullin, Martin Parr, Terry O'Neill and Steve McCurry. This has been a wonderful learning experience and very influential on my photography. Beyond writing, I am a professional portrait, travel and documentary photographer, and reached the finals of the 2016 Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition. I am a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society and hope to take my Associateship whenever I can find the time. In addition I write about well being/personal development and antiques collecting for a range of other titles, including BlueWings, the in-flight magazine of Finn Air.

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