Photo Essay

Semana Santa in Spain

My journey begins in April 9th and I happen to be with the right people to view this festive event. Some Catholic countries has holy week but not as festive as the Spanish folks. In Andalucia region like Malaga city they close the main street and set up benches for people to sit on; kinda like the Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA. The difference between the Rose Parade and Semana Santa is the "Tronos" or floats are carried sometimes by 250 men and the small one are carried by half. Some thrones are weighing in 5,000 kilos and some are less.

I have been living in Spain for 6 months now and what I find most interesting about the Spaniards is their expressions through words and hand signals. They want you to hear them, understand them, and drink with them until there is nothing left to drink. As a student of photography I love the expressions on their faces and their animated conversations because sometimes if you act like the camera an images is worth a thousand words.

In this series I wanted to share my passion for photography which men and women carried these thrones throughout the Semana Santa here in Spain.

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  • Tim Narraway

    Tim Narraway said (4 Jun 2009):

    What an experience. B&W was a good weapon of chioce for this one, given both subject and object

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