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8 February 2020

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 330th in our series of Saturday matinees today: Il Carnevale.

We just fell in love with these images by Daniele Martinello of Treviso costume designer Bertilla Zorzi wearing a few of her own elaborate creations in Venice, the site of the Venice Carnival.

Their collaboration on this slide show set to Haevn's We Are mesmermized us. "Baby, we're lost/Come home with me," is the refrain. Appunto! (Exactly!)

The sumptuous costumes are hand sewn, Zorzi often working alone late into the night on them. "Fantasy, elegance, originality and a unique taste" are the tools of her trade, she says.

Each costume has its own matching accessories (rings, handbags, gloves), which Martinello seems happy to highlight. Even the petticoat is made of high quality fabrics and coordinated with the costume itself. And despite the flowing gown, Zorzi makes shoes for each outfit even if no one can see them.

We weren't entirely sure Zorzi was wearing a mask for this shoot, it was so expressive if stylized. But it really is a mask, not makeup.

As for Martinello, he describes himself as a videomaker/photographer/professional aerial photographer with drones. He's produced a large number of wedding videos, is the author of Disegnare con la Luce: Istanti, Emozioni, in Un Click... (Drawing With Light: Moments, Emotions, a Click...) and has published his images on Flickr and Instagram with a number of stock images on Getty Images as well.

You might be tempted to call him a wedding videographer but we're going with street photographer for this one.

It's what we imagine street photography looks like in Venice.


Thanks for this -- my eyes are wet! I listened on headphones and was unbelievably moved. Fabulous!

-- James Kelley

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