i love the ‘Carnaval Vénitien‘ in Annecy – the costumes are so spectacular, so intricate and so colourful that photographing them is just brilliant !    this is the second year i have been along (see here & here ) – the carnaval starts on the friday evening with the ‘costumiers’ parading round the old medieval town of annecy in all their magnificence, then on the saturday and sunday hundreds of them take over the old town and the area down by the beautiful lake.  You can’t help but be amazed and seriously impressed by the amount of work that has gone into the creations which often take the whole year to prepare.  It was extra special this year as i knew some of the participants – though if i’m honest they recognised me rather than the other way round (possibly helped by the fact that i was accompanied by two little girls armed with cameras on their own mission to create "Volume Two" of their "Carnaval Masterpiece").

 

oh and the other reason it was special ……. it was the very first outing of my new camera !  hope you enjoy these shots ….

 

 

carnaval vénitien - Annecy 2011

 

carnaval vénitien - Annecy 2011 - copyright gill maheu 2011

 

carnaval vénitien - Annecy 2011 - copyright gill maheu 2011

 

carnaval vénitien - Annecy 2011 - copyright gill maheu 2011

 

carnaval vénitien - Annecy 2011 - copyright gill maheu 2011

 

carnaval vénitien - Annecy 2011 - copyright gill maheu 2011

 

carnaval vénitien - Annecy 2011 - copyright gill maheu 2011

 

carnaval vénitien - Annecy 2011 - copyright gill maheu 2011

 

carnaval vénitien - Annecy 2011 - copyright gill maheu 2011

 

carnaval vénitien - Annecy 2011 - copyright gill maheu 2011

 

carnaval vénitien - Annecy 2011 - copyright gill maheu 2011

 

carnaval vénitien - Annecy 2011 - copyright gill maheu 2011

 

carnaval vénitien - Annecy 2011 - copyright gill maheu 2011

 

carnaval vénitien - Annecy 2011 - copyright gill maheu 2011

 

carnaval vénitien - Annecy 2011 - copyright gill maheu 2011

 

carnaval vénitien - Annecy 2011 - copyright gill maheu 2011

 

carnaval vénitien - Annecy 2011 - copyright gill maheu 2011

 

carnaval vénitien - Annecy 2011 - copyright gill maheu 2011

 

carnaval vénitien - Annecy 2011 - copyright gill maheu 2011

 

carnaval vénitien - Annecy 2011 - copyright gill maheu 2011

 

 

 a huge thank you to Marie Christine, Antonio, Corrine and all of the participants for making it such a spectacular sight

and for those of you that are tempted,  next year the

 

 

Carnaval Vénitien d’Annecy  is on the   2nd, 3rd & 4th March 2012

 

 

PS à tous ceux qui m’ont donné leur carte de visite je ne vous ai pas oublié.

 

 

 

 

 

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