Photo Challenge: Shadowed

Emerging from the shadowed entrance of the Priory Church in El Puerto de Santa Maria a procession begins its slow and somber way through the town. It’s Semana Santa, Holy Week, the week before Easter in Spain.

semana santa, el puerto de santa maria, spain

As she emerges into the evening light, and softly lit by candles, Santa Maria is still shadowed by her canopy.

semana santa, el puerto de santa maria, spain

The ‘engine’ of the float is man power, four across . . . .

semana santa, el puerto de santa maria, spain

. . . . . and six deep  . . . . .

semana santa, el puerto de santa maria, spain

carrying what may weigh up to the weight of a small car in close quarters and shadowed for the whole of the procession:

semana santa, el puerto de santa maria, spain

An hour later shadowy figures proceed before the still shadowed saint.

semana santa, el puerto de santa maria, spain

For me, the whole event was overshadowed by the eerie similarity of the religious brotherhood’s garb to the Klu Klux Klan. The brotherhoods  or fraternities – members of the parish who dedicate themselves to the Semana Santa processions – began establishing themselves centuries ago and have no association with the Klu Klux Klan, but it is said that the Klan took their idea of the robe and hood from seeing the effect it had on crowds at the processions.

wordpress-20141

33 thoughts on “Photo Challenge: Shadowed

  1. Enjoyed reading your post and seeing the pictures. Reminded me of my time in Sevilla when I first saw the Semana Santa processions. Felt a bit strange to me as well as I couldn’t help making the same comparison as you did – even though there is no association between the two.

    Like

      1. Yes it quite a thing to watch there, all the streets were packed! I lived there for 3 months, but it is more than 10 years ago now. Time flies!

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Yeah I completely agree with you and the other comments — when I first clicked into this post I was shocked and thought you had visited a KKK march or something! Glad to read on that it wasn’t, but yeah, it was hard not to think about that while reading, and I can imagine it would overshadow the event for you.

    Like

    1. I hadn’t realised I would shock so many people with these pictures. I might have thought twice about posting them. It was purely a religious procession and safe family event. Glad you read on. I wonder now if others didn’t.

      Like

  3. OK I wasn’t going to say anything, but since you brought it up…Oh My Gosh it looks exactly like the KKK. A bit spooky. But you did a good job capturing it all…as always 🙂

    Like

  4. How eerie, for sure, Carol! Before I read your narrative about the last photo, that was immediate reaction when I looked at it. Tough to not have negative feelings watching the men in white robes with their pointy hoods.

    Interesting way to move the float! I wouldn’t want to be in the middle!!

    Like

    1. I wouldn’t have wanted to be under there at all! I guess the macho young guys carry the floats and the old geysers wear the pointy hats. I’d stick with the women who mind the children and gossip.

      Like

  5. Nice job! You’ve captured so many places – what a treasure trove. I found it interesting too that the ladies in your first frame were so busy talking they weren’t even looking at the spectacle.

    Like

    1. They’d seen it all before Barb. Many times. It doesn’t really come across in the photos but there was almost a carnival atmosphere. Thanks for the compliment. Have you tried the photo challenge? You have plenty of brilliant pics to chose from!

      Like

      1. I keep thinking I’ll do it, but keeping myself in front of the computer is my problem. I’ve had a few that matched the prompts, but didn’t get them posted in time. One of these days I will.

        Like

  6. A really interesting interpretation of the theme ‘shadowed’. I’m impressed you thought to take photos of the feet carrying the float. It wouldn’t occur to me to do that but really adds to the storytelling 🙂

    Like

Please chat - put your two pennyworth in!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s