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Love Through the Ages 世紀情



“Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law.” - Boethius,The Consolation of Philosophy.


This is one of the most iconic images created at the Venice Carnevale this year, and certainly one of my favourites - Love Thru' the Ages...featuring my friends - the famous costumers and models Arnaldo Febbrini and Daniel Balletti. Their outfits are amongst the best every year and it is not easy to find them for photographs because they are so busy and always very sought after by the best photographers. They are a real life couple and Daniel and me have been speaking for quite a while - 3 years in fact, before we finally had the chance to meet up with each other...but of course after the first meeting, we had quite a few more.

This photo was done at the entrance of a tunnel and using natural lighting alone. As usual, no flash, LED lights or reflectors.

People always think the Venice Carnevale is all about masks, but the local Italians actually prefer painted faces and there are always various sub-categories - Vampires, Historical costumers, Ballerinas etc. I like them all cos they are all very different and full of character. And as always, I like to push boundaries with my travel photos. I go to places, talk to people, get to know the locals and then photograph them. For me, I like to photograph people more than scenery, architecture or animals. And it is always people that make travel much more interesting. My photos need to be different, bold and beautiful. They are my special gifts for my friends. For me, friendships and love have no boundaries and Love Thru the Ages is a picture about beauty, desire, artistic ambitions and fidelity.

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