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B & W Challenge #3 The Boys in the Band

The boys in the band, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain
The boys in the band, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain

Looking good is mandatory but playing your instrument is optional.

I recently posted photos of Semana Santa – Easter Week – in Spain. Religious processions are solemn occasions but we’ve always been amused by the teenagers who take part in the marching bands.

The above photo was very busy so was heavily cropped to focus attention on the boys’ faces. What you can’t see is that they are all carrying wind instruments. What you can see is that they aren’t playing them.

Jude of Travel Words and the earth laughs in flowers has invited me to join in with this challenge. Jude is an accomplished photographer/traveler/garden enthusiast so while out and about stays grounded and records everything with wonderfully entertaining results.

There are only two rules for this challenge:

  1. On 5 consecutive days, create a post using either a past or recent photo in B&W.
  2. Each day invite another blog friend to join in the fun.

Today I would like to nominate Sue Slaght at Travel Tales of Life to take part in the challenge. Sue has all the energy, enthusiasm and devilment I wish I had for travel. You just never know what she will do next. It’s all documented. Go have a look. You won’t be disappointed.

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.

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