The moment the prizes are given, the caretos finally take off their heavy wooden masks.
Carnival in Lazarim is still very authentic. Here, on Tuesday, the "caretos" (people wearing a mask like this one and also costumes) come to the street to show their originality. These masks are sculpted on alder wood, by a few artisans in the village. It takes many hours to do a mask like this one. Each participant has a new mask every year because there is a contest for the best masks and also for the best "caretos". The masks may have horns, moustache, snakes...
There are several villages in the north of Portugal and also in Spain where these celebrations with masks take place. According to some studies, they have their origins in the Celtic cults and they are closely related to the winter solstice and also to fertility.
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worldcitizen (7638) 2014-03-06 16:43
Another lovely Carnival photo. I like that this time the mask is being held, and we have the person's hands in the frame. The wood stick and interesting costume combine with the mask to create an authentic view.
jemaflor (89405) 2014-03-06 23:15
Well framed on this wooden face, the comosition is well balanced with these hands, original and perfect sharpness and light management.
krzychu30 (15510) 2014-03-07 0:08
I´ve just discovered your new series and I can only tell it looks really great and intriguing at the same time.
It´s definitely something new and original to learn about your beautiful country and its culture.
Comparing this one to your previous shots I like here the idea to cut off the upper part and concentrate mainly on the mast.It makes the scene much more expressive in its perception.
Have a nice day
lousat (82720) 2014-03-07 1:32
Hi Ana,this is the most beautiful of your serie for me,very very original and nice,the quality of details is absolutely perfect,i like it! Have a nice day and Happy Biirthday! Luciano
ourania (36486) 2014-03-07 13:11
I love this photo, it's so evocative and really says so much about the antique custom, the culture in this region, the suggestive way in which old traditions treat life, nature and instincts. There are similar traditions in northern Greece, where people raise cattle and nature is generous, and in Sardenia, as I've seen in Gianfranco's (baddori's) recent photos on Facebook. The way you cropped this image is masterful, we see the subject's interesting hands, there are rough textures that evoke a rustic character, stunningly mild colours and a mischievous, animal-like mask instead of his face. The hands and the mask are placed closely and make a great impact together. The mask is a masterpiece too. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend,
COSTANTINO (59991) 2014-03-07 13:32
Hello dear friend
we had also carnival festival the previous
week I liked your useful notes concerning
the caretos people wearing a mask like this
one and also costumes
if you visit my photos I have photos
with people wearing strange costumes
have a nice weekend
dekanski (4220) 2014-03-07 14:30
I love it! Excellent composition, very well focused.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-03-08 6:27
delle tre foto dedicate a questo argomento trovo che questa è la più significativa.
La semplice composizione si unisce ad una ripresa perfetta nei suoi dettagli tecnici e il mistero di non conoscere il viso di chi trasporta la mascera a mio parere è motivo di maggiore suggestione.
Alla bella composizione, come tuo solito, si unisce una ripresa perfetta dal punto di vista tecnico.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
pili51 (1507) 2014-03-08 9:17
Olá querida Ana,
interesante nota de las fiestas de Carnaval en Lazarim, no tenía conocimiento de ellas.
La imagen que nos presentas es de una nitidez perfecta,
da la impresión de que nos encontramos en el lugar disparando nosotros.
Me gusta el reportaje que nos ofreces dandonos conocimientos sobre estas fiestas,
Gracias por compartir tus bonitos trabajos, amiga mía.
Um abraço desde BCN
subhendu_bagchi (25975) 2014-03-21 4:52
this is interesting! This is really interesting. I like how a hand hold the mask where the another with a wooden pole. Sharp presentation with nice colours. Nice presentation. Tfs.
jmdias (59000) 2014-06-26 18:07
esta ficou magnífica com a máscara fazendo parte de um corpo deslocado dela. muito legal este manto de sisal. a luz e a nitidez da imagem estão muito bons. os detalhes da escultura parecem muito bem feitos, uma verdadeira obra de arte.