National Geographic : 1995 Feb
On Assignment GG here's something about Ven Sice," insists Assistant Editor SERLA ZWINGLE, "that makes you feel like you could be somebody else." Masked in silk flowers, Erla attained that transformation at a palace ball during Venice's famous Carnival, while working on the arti cle in this issue. "Of course," she says, "the Venetians are only inter ested in being themselves. What could be better? They're used to the beauty of the place; they grow up kicking soccer balls against 14th-century buildings." Erla grew up the daughter of English teachers. "In our home it was always literature, not journal ism," she says. "It never occurred to me that writing could be someone's profession." After attending four colleges, "every year a different major," Erla earned an art history degree from the State University of New York at Albany. Following stints as a secretary and travel agent, she finally chose journalism. "I'm incorrigibly curious about everything," she says. She worked her way up to managing editor of American Photographer,later free lancing for and then joining the staff of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. "You don't want to bang into these walls," cautions freelance photographer ENRICO FERORELLI (below), shooting the precious Bonampak murals at close quarters for this issue. "The place is magic, but it's so isolated; we had to fly in supplies from the States, a gas generator, everything." Horses grazed on the tree-studded runway near the pho tographer's camp; before landing, incoming planes had to make a low pass to scare them off. "I'm a pilot myself," says Enrico. "I was con cerned about ever getting home." Raised in Rome, Enrico gradu ated from the University of Naples Law School and passed the bar exam but had already decided to pursue photography. Fluent in five languages, he worked in Time, Inc.'s Rome bureau as a photogra pher's assistant, then began his own globe-trotting freelance career. "My parents were always supportive of my photography," says the New York-based photographer, "but now, when I complain to my mother about money, she tells me, 'You should have been a lawyer!'" JOHN ECHAVE,NGS NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (ISSN 0027-9358) IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLYBYTHENATIONALGEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY,1145 17THST. N.W ., WASHINGTON,D. C. 20036-4688. $24.00 A YEAR,$2.65 A COPY. SECOND-CLASSPOSTAGEPAID AT WASHINGTON,D. C., AND ELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER:SEND ADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P.O. BOX2174, WASHINGTON,D. C. 20013.