Basel: Carnival

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Basel is known for hosting one of the largest Carnival celebrations outside of Italy. Although we arrived in Basel several weeks after the festivities, the festive spirit remained in the air. Masks were visible in many shop windows, and even hung in private homes. Streamers decorated many shop windows and confetti filled the cracks in the cobblestones. Despite their festive nature, seeing these masks sent a sinister sensation tingling down my spine. I don’t like the feeling of being watched by inanimate objects, that my movements are tracked by faces with neither bodies nor eyes… although perhaps it’s this creepy edge that forms part of the fun.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s