Usualy so called civilized people don’t like to be potographed by unknown ones. But in the carnival time, everything is others… Last year I was on the streets of Cologne during the carnival, on Monday, and wondered how ready people was to be potographed.
Let me start a short “documentation” of those days with this one
The organized carnival like it is being celebrated today only dates back 178 years.
The Greeks and Romans celebrated cheerful spring festivals in honour of Dionysos and Saturn with wine, women and singing. The ancient Germans celebrated the winter solstice as a homage to the gods and expulsion of the evil winter demons. Later the Christians adopted the heathen customs. The period of fasting (Lent) prior to Easter was heralded in by "Fastnacht" or "Karnival" - carne vale = Farewell to meat!
In the Middle Ages, the celebration of Carnival, the masquerade often took on drastic forms, which was very much to the displeasure of the city council and the church. Bans and ordinances did little to help, the celebration was still wild and spirited. The boisterous street carnival was extended in the 18th century to include the so-called "Redouten", elegantly masked and fancy-dress balls in Venetian style, which were initially the preserve of the aristocracy and the wealthy patricians.
The "fifth season of the year" as Carnival is called, begins on November 11th at 11:11 AM. But the real "crazy days" do not start before the so-called Weiberfastnacht (Shrove Thursday), the Thursday before Rosenmontag (Carnival Monday). The "crazy days" of Carnival are celebrated with parties on the streets, in public squares and in pubs. Closing times for pubs and bars are suspended for the duration of the festival.
For more: Cologne Carnival
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chrisvek (7001) 2012-05-10 7:14
Heh.Very nice shoot.Clever composition and splendid colors.Nice amount of shadows makes the picture more real.Very nice result.
Have a nice day
krzychu30 (15512) 2012-05-10 7:58
funny shot of this "special" time in Köln.I´ve experienced it many times.Very good and original idea to concentrate on the these colorful and funny shoes.
Very good note for those,who never heard about carnival.
kennyblack (4207) 2012-05-10 9:45
Very nice 's idea of focusing the' goal on bright colors that enhance the photo. I really like the contrast of colors and the play of shadows and lights in a very detailed picture. Thanks for sharing.
The best regards, have a nice day ... Marino
JFS (32459) 2012-05-10 10:24
Original shot Janos, I like it; the colors, the funny composition, the sharpess, good work!
rbassin (23089) 2012-05-10 12:45
Un cadrage intéressant et bien fait sur ces chaussures aux couleurs vives.
C'est bien vu.
Silvio1953 (144558) 2012-05-13 11:21
Ciao Janos, fun compositionm great detail of beautiful shoes, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-05-20 7:15
This photo detail is pure fun. It still manages to tell a story. I like to imagine the faces that belong to the feet. I is also fun that the tread on the shoe matches the metal on the ground. Dank.
frunchy (1800) 2012-11-22 0:30
i have witnessed Carnival in Frankfurt and Mainz, and even there it is relly crazy. In Cologne it must be supercrazy :-)
Nice, artistic view of only the shoes! This puts so much focus on the colours and on the way people are standing.
TFS, best regards, F.