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They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul, and it is true that if you can capture catchlights in the image, and the eyes are sharp then people will connect.

A number of years ago the family spent some time in Egypt and it was really the first time that I encountered women wearing the full burqha with only there eyes showing. It was amazing how good looking quite a lot of eyes appeared.

Then a couple of years later we had a secret Santa at the work Christmas party and I was given a blue plastic mask. I instantly knew what I was going to do with it, and it has been used in quite a number of shoots since.

Over the years I have collected quite a range of masks, and I really enjoy using them in shoots. In most cases the mask actually focuses attention on the eyes while at the same time adding a little element of mystery to the image.

Most masks have been very successful apart from one. It is a replica of a full faced venetian mask that I have used in two shoots. The shots are good but to me there is something that I am not quite getting. I suspect that the mask actually needs a very elaborate outfit to set it off.

This was the first shoot using a mask, and still one of my most favourite shots.

This was the first shoot using a mask, and still one of my most favourite shots.

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Using the same model as the original blue mask, but this time with a small black one

Using the same model as the original blue mask, but this time with a small black one

 A simple mask with contrasting colours of the drape

A simple mask with contrasting colours of the drape

This full face white mask unnerves a lot of people due to its lack of features

This full face white mask unnerves a lot of people due to its lack of features

This is the first shoot using the full faced venetian mask

This is the first shoot using the full faced venetian mask

The most recent shot with the venetian mask

The most recent shot with the venetian mask