Is Venice a cliché? For most of my life I've shot pictures for travel guides, so the question if you can shoot meaningful, original pictures in places that seem photographically depleted – the Alps, Venice, Florence ... – concerns me a lot, and not just me. Whole books have been written about the subject. To say "yes" or "no" to this question based on my own pictures is choosing between the Scylla of pretentiousness and the Charybdis of false modesty. Let me just say this: tourists are herd animals. There's always an ignored dusty window, a left turn that no one takes, another time of the year.
Permesso, it's sure fun to try. Ciao.
About the guy with the mask: yes, masks are a cliché. When I was there however, there were two mask shops who made their own masks, instead of buying them from effing China. This quiet, funny guy is an artist, working for big international movies. Respect.