Photographer's Note

This mannequin was standing near the doorway of a shop; it reminded me of a guard keeping a very watchful eye on its people & their activities, sometimes maybe wishing it could join in their conversation.
Venetian masks are a centuries-old tradition of Venice. Worn during the Carnevale . It would permit the wearer to act more freely in cases where he or she wanted to interact with other members of the society outside the bounds of identity and everyday convention. It was thus useful for a variety of purposes, such as romantic encounters.
Banned by Mussolini's fascist party during the 1930's, carnevale was subsequently revived by a number of local artisans around 1979. Since then the annual "Carnival of Venice" has grown to become an internationally renowned event, celebrated by tourists and Venetians alike.

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