The Carnival of Venice

Visiting Venice for the Carnival is something I have wanted to do since I first saw the images in Ralph Nykvist and Anders Petersens’s book Karnevalen i Venedig, published by Kalejdoskop Förlag & ETC in 1991. The images were mysterious, a little frightening and intriguing. I immediately felt, this is a place I had to visit and experience – roughly 20 years later I arrived in Venice, eager to experience the event in one of the most beautiful and unique cities in the world.

Once I arrived, I realised that the memories I had from Nykvist’s and Petersen’s book, were so different to the reality which was just in front of me. At the best of times the city was overflowing with tourists, and lots of them! And no to mention the hordes of photographers pushing to take the exact same picture you had in mind.


Was it worth going? I roamed the streets from dawn till dusk with my camera and observing life as I had never seen before and enjoying the atmosphere and spirit of the masks, costumes and their own mysterious pasts.

You can see a selection of my images below and here