August 23, 2012
Capturing an Italian Moment
Carnival in Venice
by Mark Bednarczyk
I had been to Venice on four previous occasions, each time missing the Carnival by a few days. During these visits, I could see the traces of the recently ended festivities in the streets and alleyways. When I visited Venice in March of 2011 as one of the chaperones on our school trip, I found myself in the midst of Carnival celebrations. There were thousands of people in the Piazza San Marco, many of them decked out in costumes – some quite ordinary, others elaborate and extraordinary. By the Doge's Palace, I came across two individuals in simple, yet striking costumes. They were leaning on the metal barrier and when they saw me, they struck a pose, automatically, as if they had done this hundreds of times before. I snapped their photo, thanked them and went off.
"Carnival in Venice" won First Prize and $1000 in the 2012 Accenti Magazine Photo Contest, and was displayed at the 6th Annual Accenti Magazine Awards and the 14th Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival in April 2012.
Mark Bednarczyk was born in England of Polish and Ukrainian parents, and raised in
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