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


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  • navybrat
    navybratover 4 years ago

    great pose….. very alluring!

  • Thanks mate…your latest images are magic!

    – Maxoperandi

  • Aleksandar Topalovic
    Aleksandar Top...over 4 years ago

    great lghte and pose..and school…

  • Thanks Alex…Some of my model do wear clothes!

    – Maxoperandi

  • ambient-1
    ambient-1over 4 years ago

    Stunning image!

  • Many many thanks!

    – Maxoperandi

  • Marny Barnes
    Marny Barnesover 4 years ago

    I love masks!! Have them ahnging all over my house… I should really think about using them more! I have two from Venice…and some from korea!!!

  • You should do a series with them…I am sure you would make them magic!

    – Maxoperandi

  • Lynette1
    Lynette1over 4 years ago

    That is such a striking shot – you really are a master of your art x

  • Thanks so much Lynette…I think you are my No 1 Fan!

    – Maxoperandi

  • Michael Degenhardt
    Michael Degenh...over 4 years ago

    Killer pose and lighting and I love the head gear. Beautiful woman and picture. Michael

  • Thank you Michael for these kind comments!

    – Maxoperandi

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 4 years ago

    Tremendous!!!!, Bill

  • Cheers Bill!

    – Maxoperandi

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...over 4 years ago

    time to party………………

  • I think you would have a great party…this is Laura!

    – Maxoperandi

  • vaquera
    vaqueraover 4 years ago

    Awesome work!

  • Thank you so much…glad you like it!

    – Maxoperandi

  • Ms.Serena Boedewig
    Ms.Serena Boed...over 4 years ago

    Just Gorgeous!

  • Many thanks Serena!

    – Maxoperandi

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