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Carnival Mask #4

Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 6 August 2009 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

PENTAX *ist D 1/250 second F/6.7 ISO 800 169 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

WOW! this is a model I've never seen before! Art and mask.....mask making use of art to attract the eyes!

6 Aug 2009 11:37am

@Japanalia: Thank you very much Gabriella! You are too kind..... ;-)

Roman from Thunder Bay, Canada

Love your whole series on Venice and those mask are amazing. Must have been quite an amazing trip.


6 Aug 2009 11:41am

@Roman: Thanks very much Roman! Yes indeed.....amazing does not quite cover it! I'd go back in a minute... ;-)

cindy brown from United States

Wow I have not ever seen any thing like that before. This is fascinating! WOnderful clear pictures:)

6 Aug 2009 12:14pm

@cindy brown: Thanks very much Cindy! I am glad you are enjoying them..... ;-)

Mary from PA, United States

Well this type is new to me as well....Are these for decoration or are they really used for something?

6 Aug 2009 12:20pm

@Mary: Thanks very much Mary! Although today they are probably used primarily for decoration; their original intent was for disguise. The practice of wearing masks for disguise reached its zenith in the 18th Century, when Venetians of different social classes used Carnival as an excuse to mingle and, in some cases, to trade sexual favors without fear of recognition or retribution. (With a mask, a silk hood, a tabarro cape and a tricorn hat, a housewife in search of hanky-panky was indistinguishable from a nobleman on the prowl.) ;-)

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

This is such a great series Eric. This face fills the frame so nicely with detail and emotion. Well seen!

6 Aug 2009 12:42pm

@bluechameleon: Thank you very much Sharon! High praise indeed coming from you.......<blush> ;-))

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

uma obra de arte.

6 Aug 2009 12:55pm

@Ana Lúcia: Muinto obrigado Ana! ;-)

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Wow! this is fabulous! I love your perspective here- it really emphasizes the shape and height of the mask!

6 Aug 2009 1:45pm

@Tracy: Thanks very much Tracy! ;-)

Sugata from Newark, United States

That's a unique one! I have never seen such a carnival mask before!

6 Aug 2009 1:45pm

@Sugata: Thanks Sugata! Yes, it is new to me also..... ;-)

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Wow, this mask is fantastic . Never seen something like that before . Wonderful shot Eric !

6 Aug 2009 2:50pm

@MARIANA: Thanks Mariana! Definitely new and different..... ;-)

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Wow! Absolutely spectacular and gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.

6 Aug 2009 4:30pm

@Magda: Thank you Magda! Glad you are enjoying them..... ;-)

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Wow what amazing art! I love it! Each one better than the next, bravo Eric!

6 Aug 2009 5:43pm

@Lorraine: Thanks very much Lorraine! An art Italy mask making is a recognized craft with all of the associated guilds and trappings..... ;-)

Lambspun from Madison, Maine, United States

Very amazing piece! These masks are incredible :)

6 Aug 2009 6:49pm

@Lambspun: Thanks Lambspun! Considering that the original intent of the mask was to allow Venetians of different social classes to use Carnival as an excuse to mingle and, in some cases, to trade sexual favors without fear of recognition or retribution I would say it is right on point..... ;-))

Graham Russon from Cape Town, South Africa

Great shot, what an incredible mask.

6 Aug 2009 7:07pm

@Graham Russon: Thanks very much Graham! Glad you are enjoying the series..... ;-)

Ninni from Sweden

Wonderful photo of a spectacular mask!

6 Aug 2009 7:15pm

@Ninni: Muinto obrigado Ninni! ;-)

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

Amazing mask and great photograph!

6 Aug 2009 8:47pm

@Scott Schilling: Thanks Scott! ;-)

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

This one is really unusual, very beautiful capture.

6 Aug 2009 9:56pm

@Evelyne Dubos: Thank you very much Evelyne! ;-)

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

This has been a striking series. I didn't know there was such a wide range and variety in these. Thanks for sharing.

7 Aug 2009 1:22am

@GJC: Thanks very much GJC! The original masks were based on the Comdia del'Arte; but in recent years they have become more original and creative with their designs..... ;-)

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Well, your shot seems a little hot to me. Oh, wait, not blown out whites like mine was but a different hot. LOL.
Interesting mask.

7 Aug 2009 2:13am

@B. Thomas: ROFL...thanks Barbara! I think it is called truth in advertising..... ;-)))

eva from Rouen, France

another beautiful mask !

7 Aug 2009 8:57pm

@eva: Thanks Eva! ;-)

1/250 second
ISO 800
169 mm (35mm equiv.)