Masks are an essential feature of iL Carnevale di Venezia. Venice’s Carnival began in the 11th century, and the wearing of masks and costumes was well established by 1436, when mask makers or Mascereri were officially recognised with their own guild.
The practise of wearing masks for disguise reached its peak in the 18th century when Venetians of different social classes used Carnevale as an excuse to mingle and, in some case, to make sexual favours without fear of recognition or retribution.
This is one of my favourite poses from a shoot I did for a mask company promotion. It is a classic three light set up…If you look at the shadows on the floor you can tell that the light on the right is a softbox set at f8… on the left a silver umbella set at f5.6 and behind a honeycomb 20 degree set at f11. Camera was set at f8