Venice Carnival

Each year Venice hold their yearly Carnival in February, it is well known for Venetian Masks and Costumes. When the Carnival first started in 1162 the masks were more simple, today they are hand painted from natural feathers and gems. In 1797 the Venice Carnival was banned by the King of Austria. After a long absence the Carnival returned in 1979 and now has approx 3 million visitors every year. It has been tradition for many years and is one of the biggest and oldest festivals.

I went to Venice in 2011 and 2014 to photograph the Carnival and really enjoyed it, the Masks and Costumes are always beautiful and different. One of the lovely people I have got to know is Patricia Juilland, she designs her own Costumes and has made 47 so far.

Below are a few of my favourite photos of Patricia and her beautiful Costumes, I took the photos with my Nikon D300 camera and Nikon 24-70mm F2.8 lens: