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12 Venetian Masks

By LynneJoyce  
Venice again, this time 12 mages of the masks that so characterise the city. They are everywhere and they range from plain white ones that you are supposed to paint for yourself, to the more fanciful and elaborate ones pictured here, many of which are intended as wall decorations, but they all have eye holes and can be worn (and probably are) by the more intrepid attendees at some of the balls.

Many of these were taken through glass shop windows, others at street stalls. Fortunately Venetian shopkeepers are meticulous about keeping their shops, shop windows and shop frontages immaculately clean.

Anyway, thank you for looking and I hope you enjoy at least some of them.

Tags: Photo journalism Landscape and travel

Voters: Stace, andylea, saeidNL and 73 more

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saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
23 Mar 2012 5:49PM
Great and wonderful set of image,V3 and V5 are my favorite,very well done,

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
23 Mar 2012 5:56PM
A superb set, Lynne, with V.2 being my fave. Carol
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
23 Mar 2012 5:56PM
some incredible creations Lynne,glad i am not paying for themSmilealways a pleasure to see though.
Alvar 11 23 2 France
23 Mar 2012 5:59PM
Wonderful set Lynne and informative narrativeSmileSmileSmileSmile
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2012 5:59PM
You've had fun with these, you've created your own very classy shop windows - a lot in what my granny used to refer to as 'old gold'. Very appropriate, and very beautiful.
23 Mar 2012 6:23PM
Amazing set of images Lynne, each and every one unique and beautiful. A joy to behold.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2012 6:40PM
they are all very elaborate I think 4 and 7 are my faves but you deserve a - well done
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
23 Mar 2012 7:00PM
What a marvellous collection of exotic asks, Lynne, each and every one so well recorded and presented.
23 Mar 2012 7:07PM
12 good uns here Lynne i have a fair collection of masks which i have collected over the years from all over the world but they are not a pretty as these 12 well captured and very well presented

posty57 10 6 2 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2012 7:22PM
What an amazing collection of superb images. I'm kind of dumbstruck !! Smile

helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2012 7:30PM
A wonderful collection - I particularly like v7, v8 and v9
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
23 Mar 2012 7:30PM
Like them all Lynne.


mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
23 Mar 2012 7:34PM
They are a bit more elaborate than the mask **** Turpin wore Lynne,
although I suspect there would be a bit of highway robbery going on with their prices !!
Don't think the Lone Ranger would have wore one either.
I would have definately saw Tonto in a different light had he called the Lone Ranger Hot Lips instead of Kemo Sabe !!
A well coloured set.
9 10 10 England
23 Mar 2012 7:57PM
Superb, each and every one Lynne.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
23 Mar 2012 8:20PM
What a fantastic set. I like the golden couple - they look so happy. But I just adore the colours in V8. Beautifully presented and they certainly brighten up the evening.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
23 Mar 2012 9:21PM
Amazing and wonderful works of art. And very well captured.

23 Mar 2012 9:32PM
Well captured Lynne
PattiW 12 24 2 United States
24 Mar 2012 1:10AM
Deliciously exquisite! Patti
goso 11 2 1 Australia
24 Mar 2012 1:26AM
A beautifully presented set Lynne - top detail and comp. ...Bill
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
24 Mar 2012 3:11AM
Such beautiful masks. There is certainly a lot of work gone into making all these. All fabulous shots Lynne............Sandy
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2012 6:09AM
Super fine set of masks superbly presented Lynne .
User_Removed 8 48 1 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2012 9:06AM
Fantastic set of images Lynne, No7 gets my vote.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2012 9:08AM
WOW wow and another WOW! Lynne, this is one outstanding set,
and I remember being with you on some of the occasions, I want to go back again
There is no particular one here as they are all winners!! love the presentations given
xwang 9 56 8
24 Mar 2012 9:31AM
Yes, it is "WOW.."
Fantastic set! You did an excellent job..through the glass. I couldn't do it, and the shop keepers don't like people to take photos in the shop after digital, unless you buy oneSmile.
I always like them,they are just so beautiful.. This is a superb set, love them all... V1 with the person behind is very interesting...
cleg 8 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2012 11:22AM
Superb work.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2012 12:54PM
These are all so beautifully taken Lynne - I would have made a complete hash of it! Love the whole set - fascinating, beautiful colours, composition and presentation.
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2012 1:11PM
Well spotted Alf85, V7 was the hardest work of all as I had to remove a very messy background and had to lasso around all those delicate feathers. Aaaaargh! I should get a life!
GarrathE 9 4 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2012 1:45PM
Great set that evokes good memories of a great trip.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
24 Mar 2012 3:10PM
A brilliant set, Lynne, each one beautifully captured Smile I took a few myself through the shop windows, and though they've all processed very nicely, they nearly all look busy and cluttered; I think I ought to have used a shallower depth of field to isolate them more from their backgrounds. You've presented each of these differently and they are all super, and it would very difficult - or unfair - to select a fave, so it's 1/12 of a vote for each! Wink
Trev Smile
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
24 Mar 2012 3:30PM
First off, these are AWESOME captures, Lynne.

Second, what wonderful masks!

I love V1 the most. It's just so sweet and very nice, really...

Ezo 8 7 England
24 Mar 2012 4:37PM
Great set, those masks are a work of art!
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2012 9:59PM
What an absolutely superb set of images here Lynne and how amazing these masks are! A difficult choice indeed, but I am going for V1 as the only human face in the background of this one as opposed to so many fantasy faces intrigues me!
A great set of masks..would love to try them little 1/2 mask I purchased in Venice will have to do.... Love the framing, very complimentary
exposure Plus
14 5.9k England
24 Mar 2012 11:41PM
Beautiful detail,colour & tones of the masks Lynne...I like V8.
moiral 8 12 Scotland
25 Mar 2012 8:31AM
What an absolutely wonderful set of shots you have amassed here Lynne. Very difficult to choose a favourite as they are all quite unique, but I do find myself going back to V4 - quite unusual looking shot. All beautifully presented. Mine all had light reflections and background clutter. Talking of which, I do like that face in the bg in V1. Moira
25 Mar 2012 8:43AM
12 quality shots Lynne.
You have really captured the detail in the masks and the presentation is spot on.
Very enjoyable viewing. Smile

superb set,love the colours in v8,well done indeed.ray
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2012 8:23AM
What a wonderful selection you have here.
V1 gets my vote . I love the face at the back
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2012 11:11AM
Thanks Barabara, Moira, Gingerdelight & Xwang, you have confirmed my decision to leave the face in the background in Version 1. It wasn't laziness, honest, but a conscious decision to give context. Besides, I couldn't have placed him better if this had been a posed shot.
luceombra 6 27 5 Italy
26 Mar 2012 1:45PM
Superb set once more!
Billyray 10 70 3 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2012 3:43PM
Lynne, these are excellent shots. So sharp and colourful. I have changed my mind on a favourite three times so far. Only one vote allowed so they will all have to share it. Superb work.
debu 8 India
27 Mar 2012 7:18AM
Lovely set of images.
The hours we spend at our pc's sometimes pays off, this is one them, well worth the effort in a word, superb.

LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2012 11:25PM
Thank you guys.
mikepearce 9 3 1 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2012 8:10PM
Great set of work well presented
A wonderful set Lynne. Great work. WesternRed.
LexEquine 12 19 United States
4 Apr 2012 9:48PM
'An outstanding Set of a dozen Venetian Masks Images,' Lynne~

Very worth of the UA, & possibly 'more Award recognition'~~

Ciao~ Pietro
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2012 6:19PM
Simply stunning, I love this piece for all the right reasons.

Regards Nathan
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
14 Apr 2012 3:15PM
An impressive collection Lynne, these are fabulous. I couldn't possibly pick a favourite out of them, the colours and designs are wonderful and a lot of hard work must have gone into making them

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