The bag sellers and the brute squad of Venice. Italy. 2009

Wherever ones sees large amounts of tourist in Venice, one will also see African guys (probably illegal aliens) selling pirated big name hand bags.

Each African has a bunch of bags on one arm and a mobile phone in the other hand.

So pretty ladies, how much do you think these bags are?

The guys selling the bags have lookouts letting them know when the brute squad is coming.

I did not think it was a good idea to take another shot

These beefy Carabinieri didn’t look like the kind of guys you would want come to the attention of, so I made myself scarce after taking this shot. I’ve had trouble taking photos of police before and I didn’t want to visit that territory again.

On a side note, if I was a legitimate bag seller in Venice, I’d put on black face and hang a sign in my window saying, “I may be fake, but my bags aren’t”.

3 thoughts on “The bag sellers and the brute squad of Venice. Italy. 2009”

  1. Hi Razz! I know what you mean about taking photographs of cops… In England, it can be considered as criminal offense under terrorism regulations. It would be sad to end up in jail just because you pissed them off (the law can be interpreted very broadly.)
    I try to only shoot cops from a moving vehicle!

  2. Your pictures of Venice are just outstanding! And the advice you offer in this post is right on the mark. If you have 4 days in Venice, spend a couple hours checking things off your list, then use the rest of the time to actually experience the city.

  3. Nat


    How the hell are you?

    Long time no hear, what’s that matter, have you burnt the French guy out? Is he just a pile of ash and you’re back to slumming it with us? It doesn’t really matter why you’re back, just glad to hear from you again!

    I went and had a look at your blog, I see you’re still scoping out the gay guys you little Herb Ritts wannabee, you.


    Thanks. It’s been great getting back into photography, after being out of it for so long.

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