One of my favourite masks this year, with a lizard at the top.
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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dekanski (5578) 2014-03-12 8:54
The face in the window, in the background, makes a photo great. I do not know if it was intentionally captured by or not, but it's great!
All the best.
abmdsudi (55168) 2014-03-13 4:19
I like your idea of filling your frame with the mask, we get to see very close detail of it, and I like the way this is placed, slightly tilted and the lizard close to the top edge. The elaborateness of this sculpture which has a personality of it's own and always amazes me ...
Scary! but effective, well done, TFS
Sonata11 (33891) 2014-03-14 20:58
wonderfully capture this musk and the face in the window. I like the execution with great colors, sharpness and fantastic clarity. Tfs your beautiful work. Best regards and have a great WE, Barbara
ourania (47136) 2014-03-19 10:18
this picture has great spontaneity, intensity and sense of mystery. The mask is amazing and wonderfully complemented by the earthy textures, the fruit and the corn as a symbolic image of fertility and joy of living. I like very much the sharp and dynamic foreground and the juxtaposition with the gentleman just having a glimpse from the security of his home. A truly superb composition, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
jmdias (65105) 2014-07-04 7:08
gostei muito do detalhe do homem na janela e das formas desta linda mascara, além dos adornos ao redor, que me parecem ter algo com a fertilidade. .lindo trabalho.