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Venice For The Carnevale February 2015

Carnival MaskOk so Wikipedia is my friend but it does explain the Carnevale in Venice:

The Carnival of Venice (Italian: Carnevale di Venezia) is an annual festival, held in Venice, Italy. The Carnival ends with the Christian celebration of Lent, forty days before Easter on Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Tuesday or Mardi Gras), the day before Ash Wednesday. The festival is famed for its elaborate masks.

It is said that the Carnival of Venice was started from a victory of the “Serenissima Repubblica” against the Patriarch of Aquileia, Ulrico di Treven in the year 1162. In the honor of this victory, the people started to dance and make reunions in San Marco Square. Apparently, this festival started on that period and became official in the Renaissance. In the seventeenth century, the baroque carnival was a way to save the prestigious image of Venice in the world. It was very famous during the eighteenth century. It encouraged licence and pleasure, but it was also used to protect Venetians against the anguish for present time and future. However, under the rule of the King of Austria, the festival was outlawed entirely in 1797 and the use of masks became strictly forbidden. It reappeared gradually in the nineteenth century, but only for short periods and above all for private feasts, where it became an occasion for artistic creations.

After a long absence, the Carnival returned to operate in 1979.The Italian government decided to bring back the history and culture of Venice, and sought to use the traditional Carnival as the centerpiece of its efforts. The redevelopment of the masks began as the pursuit of some Venetian college students for the tourist trade. Today, approximately 3 million visitors come to Venice every year for the Carnival. One of the most important events is the contest for la maschera più bella (“the most beautiful mask”) placed at the last weekend of the Carnival and judged by a panel of international costume and fashion designers. Continue reading


People of The Mille Miglia


We have been fortunate enough to be able to watch the famous Mille Miglia Road race in Italy back in May of this year. You can see more of this adventure by looking back through the blogs from our Mille Miglia and Dolomites Adventure category. You can also see more of our photos from the event on our sister website AutoBeast.  This event from a photographic viewpoint though, is a street event and a wonderful opportunity to get some great street photography and to capture some of the characters that make up this  wonderful and somewhat surreal event.


The Drivers were real characters, ranging from the wonderful Gallic caricature driving a Bugatti, through the suave Goodwood drivers in their well tested overalls, to the glorious goggle attired lady we see below.



It is not just the drivers though that make this event the occasion it is. There are people there promoting cars and goods or making a living having their photo taken with you, such as this pretty girl with her wooden car cut out.



And finally it is the characters in the crowd that also make the event so wonderful, such as the chap here keenly watching the rally cars drive by, or the young budding photographer here, who is almost as cute as the car she is leaning on.



There is no better weekend to be out on the streets of Brescia!


Sources Of Inspiration – Humans of New York


“What’s your greatest fear?” “Dying before I’ve gotten out of The Matrix.”

Peanut’s son Duncan bought me a copy of Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton for my recent birthday. To be honest I was not familiar with Brandon until he gave me this and instantly I took to photographs and his approach to taking his photos. He introduces himself on his Facebook page, Humans of New York and on his website Humans of New as follows: Continue reading

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Sources Of Inspiration – Fred Fogherty

I picked up on this by stopping by on Simon Peckam’s Scoop it for The Fuji X series. I wanted to share it because I found it very inspirational. basically he shoots a video clip on a Go Pro and the catches stills from the same scene on his Fuji X100.  They are then mixed together as he tours the streets of Paris. The video serves to give context to the fantastic stills he then captures on his Fuji X100, which in true street style he then edits to black and white. This makes a dramatic contrast to the colour video clip. the whole thing sits really well together and without doubt this has made me want to have a bash at this as a way of presenting an event, or a day out. Sadly I doubt if my efforts will match up to this inspirational piece, but the point is it has inspired me. At the end of the video he challenges us to go out and make your own video. Well Thank you I will at some point rise to the challenge.

Check Fred Fogherty’s work out here.


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Blog A Pic – Fuji X-E1 and the 35mm lens. Wedding Reportage

Last weekend we were guests at a friend’s beautiful wedding. The story of the day can be found on our Life Blog here. However, I wanted to say a few words from the photographic perspective on playing with the Fuji combination of the X-E1 and the 35 mm lens. Continue reading


Sources of Inspiration – Nighthawks

Nighthawks by Edward Hopper

Nighthawks by Edward Hopper

I have long admired the painting above. It is one of the most iconic paintings of the twentieth century and has been inspiring painters and photographers since it was first seen in 1942. Last night we were at a Beginners and Improvers class with our local camera club – The Beacon Camera Club –  and the talk was about improving your images. Nick Browne who gave the tutorial began by showcasing a number of photographs and paintings that inspired him and I was gratified to see this on the list of twenty that he showed us. It prompted me to take a closer look in this blog. Continue reading

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Halloween Shoot with The Beacon Camera Club


We have recently joined our local camera club in Great Malvern – The Beacon Camera Club. We are really enjoying it and are finding the meets very interesting and inspiring. The meetings are every Thursday night and this week it fell on Halloween, so a field trip was planned for a walk around Worcester city centre, kicking off at 7.30 outside the Guild Hall. On arrival we split into groups of five for our walk around and then all met 2 hours later in the Plough for a drink, a warm up and to chat about the evening. It really was a fun evening. Continue reading