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This photo-essay was put together during the Venice Carnival in February 2007. Its narrative is concerned with exploring the themes implied by the use of the mask. The historical purpose of masking was in order to conceal identity, thereby gaining license for sexual and political behaviour that might otherwise be unacceptable. In a more contemporary sense, the mask provides a series of metaphors for the ambiguous relationships between the famous and the less famous parts of Venice, between the inhabitants of the city and its visitors and finally, between the city and its own history.