Incantato (Enchanted) unfolds the rich and elegant Italian tradition of Carnevale in Venice, Italy. Carnevale (Carnival) is a means for Italians to authenticate their commitment in Italian heritage. Natives honor their exquisite history and artists by wearing maschere (masks) and elaborate masquerade attire. Italians embrace the creative and imaginative legacy of artists like Michelangelo Buonarroti, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Caravaggio, Bernini, and Donatello to name a few. In a sense, Italy’s natives become antique statues of pure marvel. My series Incantato appears aesthetically theatrical and mysterious. I am compelled by the elegance of the individuals in my photographs. Incantato represents empathy, sensitivity, and dignity for the Italian culture. These images are meant to celebrate and remember Venice as the ancient capital of modern theater. Through the wearing of costumes and disguises, Venetians theatrically reveal a new “character” of their personalities.
The origins of Incantato are rooted in my need to use photography as a means to connect with humanity. I believe in the importance of cultural awareness and deep respect for people in a culture.