VENICE, ITALY
«17-23Feb. 2022»


Visit to Venice, Italy

Photos © Ruud Leeuw


 

The first time I visited Venice was with my parents, must have been aged 10 or so; that would be around 1965 or 1966.
The next time was in 1978, with my girlfriend (later my wife). Another visit followed in 2009, rather more for allowing my aging mother one last peek at her favourite city. My visit in 2015 started to included personal 'themes'.

In 2020 we benefitted from the Corona pandemic travel restrictions: other continents than Europe were notably absent.
This time I went for that famous festival: Il Carnevale!
I hope you will enjoy my report on 'La Serenissima', also known as 'La Dominante', 'Queen of the Adriatic', 'City of Water', 'City of Masks', 'City of Bridges', 'The Floating City' and 'City of Canals'.

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OPENING DAYS TO 'IL CARNEVALE'

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)
We arrived in Venice on thursday, 17Feb22. I was curious for this phenomenon: 'Carnival of Venice'. Although
I'd seen many photos of people dressed up I had no idea what I would find: would we need to line up? No, not at
all, infact I came away that day with a feeling 'is this there is all to it'? The photo shows Piazza San Marco almost
empty and a sole woman dressed up for 'Il Carnevale'. Was this trimmed down for the pandemic?
But I needed not to have worried! Both the crowds and the costumes would appear in the weekend.

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)
As we can see here: the Carnival in full swing on Piazzetta San Marco.

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)
Several of those dressed in costume had a personal (pro?) photographer with him or her.


 

ONE, TWO, THREE..

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)
Grazie mille..!

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)
Costumes galore, seen here in small groups of two or three, sometimes parading alone or with a photographer.

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)
Beautiful, isn't it? But with the masks and elaborate headdress quite warm and suffocating to a degree.

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)
Did you notice where she stored her smartphone, while taking pictures with her daughter's?

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)
Such a great event for photography, I enjoyed every minute of it.

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)
Photography eliminating the crowds was hard at times. She was the only one who sat down, people gathering in a circle.

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)
The masks take away the face expressions, the eyes get a staring quality and become mesmerizing.

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)
I often went down on a knee to aim my camera upwards, to eliminate the people behind her.

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)
Most of these photos at San Marco, among the crowds were taken with my Canon EOS R6 + Canon 24-105/L f4 lens.
This combination was better in close encounter, elbowing for space, better than the Leica Q2 or Pana FZ1000 II.

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)
'Carnevale di Venezia', what a superb event! I felt lucky it stayed dry, rain would have spoiled everything!

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)
The person behind here had found a quick fix sufficient for Il Carnevale..

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)
Posing in her beautiful costume for her personal photographer.

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)
Sometimes it's almost a crime to hide beauty, so this photo was as welcome as the others.

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)
Posing in front of 'Palazzetto Bru Zane'. Those in costumes would not remain at Pzza S.Marco but also wander around.

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)
Different costumes

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)
Lovely smiles, people posed so patiently!

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)
What a splendid beauty, she had the moves of a model!

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)
Crossing by Traghetto, from San Marco (Vallaresso) SX to Salute (Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute).

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)
She was wandering the almost empty streets with her personal photographer, but stopped and posed for me. Grazie!

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)
When I came across the ladies with the eyes at another location later, the recognised me by my captain's cap
and commented "there's the captain again", in Dutch! Fellow Dutch citizens!
I wore that cap because one of the many pigeons had shit on my head on the day of our arrival, so I bought a €5 cap!

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)
They were posing in a back alley for an Asian photographer. Maybe they'd been booked by the photographer?
Or the other way around?

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)
While travelling on the Vaporetto one needs to stay alert for photo ops left and right!

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)
Such a photogenic event!

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)
Another beautiful smile for which I was grateful a mask did not hide her face!
"Strength lies in differences, not in similarities" ― Quote by Stephen R. Covey.

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)


 

 

FAMILIES AND GROUPS

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)
This surely brings the sun out!

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)
I moved in front of photographers and those with their cellphones and got on a knee, not blocking anyone.

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)
Maybe one day I can find out what kind of group these ladies represent..? EMAIL

Il Carnevale @Venice (2022)
The costumes look as good from behind as from the front.

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Created: 01-Apr-2022 | Updated 10-Apr-2022