"Give a man a mask and he will tell you the truth”
– Oscar Wilde
The photos in this portfolio represent the collaborative work of Thomas Shillea and Santa Bannon in recording their experiences in Venice attending the “Il Ballo di Doge” Carnevale Ball in the Palazzo Pisani Moretto on the Grand Canal on February 26th, 2022.
Carnival turns Venice into a stage and everyone a performer.
“The masks and elaborate costumes anonymity are a ticket to liberation, they confer upon its wearers a power to become anyone they wish, a cover to speak the truth, flaunt convention and throw off social hierarchy. They provided a release from dominant moral codes. Carnival turns Venice into a stage and everyone a performer.”