Since the site seems to be going a bit better since yesterday, I thought I could throw in a new picture...
There are many many pictures about Corridas here on TE. They all share two things: they show a poor animal being sacrificed for the men and they all bring intense feelings, be it passion or apathy.
For once, I wanted to show new sides to the corrida. This time, the men are in danger. The picador is down and the pawns must help him getting up from under the horse. The bull is at most 5 meters from them. He's hurt, stressed and he's agressive. I took the picture at this exact moment: The bull had just been picked by the picador, he got angry and he threw the horse and the picador on the ground, situation changed, the offenser became the target...and everyone had to work to make sure the bull does not do like men would do: kill the target. You can see the eyes of at least 2 men turned toward the bull. This time, everyone was able to get up without being gored by the bull
In the workshop, I put an alternate crop and I would like to hear what you guys think of my decision considering that I wanted more of a journalistic feel grasping the tension between the protagonists, rather than an action shot showing the dynamism of the moment.
Here's a relatively short explanation of what is a corrida:
In traditional corrida, three toreros, or matadores, each fight two bulls, each of which is at least four years old and weighs 460–600 kg. Each matador has six assistants — two picadores ("lancers") mounted on horseback, three banderilleros ("flagmen"), and a mozo de espada ("sword page"). Collectively they comprise a cuadrilla ("entourage").
The modern corrida is highly ritualized, with three distinct stages or tercios, the start of each being announced by a trumpet sound. The participants first enter the arena in a parade to salute the presiding dignitary, accompanied by band music. Torero costumes are inspired by 18th century Andalusian clothing, and matadores are easily distinguished by their spectacular "suit of lights".
Next, the bull enters the ring to be tested for ferocity by the matador and banderilleros with the magenta and gold capote ("dress cape").
In the first stage, the tercio de varas ("the lancing third"), the matador first confronts the bull and observes his behavior in an initial section called suerte de capote. Next, a picador enters the arena on horseback armed with a vara ("lance"). To protect the horse from the bull's horns, the horse is surrounded by a peto — a protective cover. Prior to 1909, the horse did not wear any protection, and the bull could literally disembowel the horse during this stage.
At this point, the picador stabs a mound of muscle on the bull's neck, leading to the animal's first loss of blood. The manner in which the bull charges the horse provides important clues to the matador on which side the bull is favoring. If the picador does his job well, the bull will hold its head and horns lower during the following stages of the fight. This makes it slightly less dangerous while enabling the matador to perform the elegant passes of modern bullfighting.
In the next stage, the tercio de banderillas ("the third of flags"), the three banderilleros each attempt to plant two razor sharp barbed sticks (called banderillas) on the bull's flanks, ideally as close as possible to the wound where the picador drew first blood. These further weaken the enormous ridges of neck and shoulder muscle through loss of blood, while also frequently spurring the bull into making more ferocious charges.
In the final stage, the tercio de muerte ("the third of death"), the matador re-enters the ring alone with a small red cape (muleta) and a sword. It is a common misconception that the color red is supposed to anger the bull, despite the fact bulls are colorblind (the real reason that a red colored cape is used is that any blood stains on it will be less noticeable). He uses his cape to attract the bull in a series of passes, both demonstrating his control over it and risking his life by getting especially close to it. The faena ("work") is the entire performance with the muleta, which is usually broken down into "tandas" or "series". The faena ends with a final series of passes in which the matador with a muleta attempts to maneuver the bull into a position to stab it between the shoulder blades and through the aorta or heart. The act of thrusting the sword is called an estocada.
among the elements that are evaluated by the specators:
-courage of the man: the torero takes risks and must face an animal way stronger than him, even if the fight and the picadors weakened the bull
-The Bull's courage: the bull is from a specie that is selected for his aggressiveness and courage; his charge and his will to fight his adversaries are appreciated.
-The authority of the man on the bull: los aficionados like the capacity of the torero to dictate his will to the bull by imposing the timing of the charges and by making him follow the bait blindly.
-The elegance : the movements that the toreros uses during the charges are very codified. For the aficionados, they are art.
-The efficiency : an "approximate" killing can easily degrade a spectale. It is important to precise here that the way of doing it is more important than the final results. A sincere but failed try will be applauded while a killing done by violating the principles will be booed or disapproved.
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cbrman (21659) 2008-08-28 13:24
Je n'aime pas particulièrement cette tradition que je trouve sanguinaire, violente et dégradante mais je trouve que ta photographie pourrait faire partie d'une ôde à la chute de la corrida à l'image de ce picador au sol. Le noir et blanc est, je trouve, bien pensé car il souligne que cela fait partie du passé.
Une scène bien saisie.
mvdisco (17784) 2008-08-28 14:08
Belle photo d'action du sport nationnal des Espagnols, belle prise de vue et détails, bon choix sur le noir et blanc et belle note sur le sujet, cela doit être très intéressant à voir autant du coté spectateurs que dans l'arène, dans le sport il y a toujours du danger et le picador s'est fait prendre dans le feu de l'action..
Excellent cliché mon ami..
robiuk (10807) 2008-08-28 14:20
Huh, Marc, after heaving read your note, I think I now
know more about corrida than anyone else who's not from
Spain (or some other coutries where this kind of
entertainment is popular)!
As for the main photo and the WS one, it's important to
have a matador in the frame simply as many have never been
to corrida and wouldn't recognise a picador (or whatever's
going on in the tighter frame). And for another reason
that is called composition.
It's not bad photo at all. I wish heads of them two
helpers were not cropped off and you composed it a bit
more carefully, but judging by what I see, it's alright and you've done a decent job.
I have to admit I feel sorry only for the horse as he/she
is the only one who had no choice in deciding whether
to participate in this bloody ordeal or not.
ribeiroantonio (22637) 2008-08-28 16:20
This is a great shot full of action and drama. I may be one of the few here on TE loving the “corrida” but I must admit that the Spanish version is a bit too much. I really prefer the Portuguese version where we do not use “picadores” and do not kill the bull at the end. By the way, it is forbidden to kill the bull in Portugal.
The choice of B&W was an excellent idea as it adds to the mood of danger and mystery.
Definitely, I do prefer the main post which includes the matador.
zeca (19762) 2008-08-29 23:48
Very nice capture, with good timing to get el picador down on the floor. The black and white fits very well to the scene. I few days ago I saw a little movie at youtube showing the dance of these horses, keeping out of the horns. Its amazing! Here, the horse is really in trouble.
Have a nice weekend!
Butterflyka (518) 2008-08-30 3:18
Very impressive picture with good POV.
You desplayed this picture in a great way conveying us the atmosphere there and feelings of the picador at the moment of a fall.
Wonderful choice of B&W!
nicoz (1979) 2008-08-30 10:55
There's something funny here. We're used to seeing the bull being "bandillerosed", and the matador standing proudly. We're so used to it that it looks piss easy.
But here, the picador (the chap on the horse) looks dazed and confused: "what this cow got me?", the horse looks dead, and mainly, the matador stands agressively, like a hero, in the corner in front of a big nothing...
danos (92502) 2008-09-01 5:00
nice the snapshot of the picador that lay on the earth after his accident in the corrida. An unlucky moment in B/W format, with the pawns to help him getting up from under the horse.The reality of the scene has so dramatic character.Well done.
Have a nice month,Danos
jorgi (3810) 2008-11-19 23:14
if there is a thing I hate and have zero tolerance for it, the corrida is the one. Or any kind of cruel treatment of animals. Do not get me wrong, I understand human need to eat meat. It is a natural thing, like it or not...but torturing animals to get high....that is sth completely different. I know...it is in our nature too, but luckily not in all of us. There is nothing, absolutely nothing brave in actions like this. Just stupid and cowardly. And who gets hurt here? The bull and the horse... It just pisses me off...
Sorry, things like this...I get easily carried away :).
About the shot: I prefer original post. The picador on the edge of the frame is most important element here. Not only he is a second person with focused look on the bull...his "leaning" to the frame of a photo...his pose...somehow gives a feeling of him stepping back...being pushed to the wall and forced to confront the opponent. Nothing brave in his pose...No. He screams of sudden Real danger confronting him... No more foooling around. Suddenly things are out of control...For me he is the one that reveals the grand bluff...
Excellent shot although it hurts me (well..probably just because of that)
tomescuc (3291) 2009-01-29 10:05
Good stuff again, Marc. You were right there with the action, immortalizing it in your image. Well captured. And spurring discussions on the nature of this activity. Of course I got my opinions, but suffice to say, it pleased Hemingway ;-)
sayeed_rahman (6370) 2009-04-09 10:35
Yes Marc..have follows the stories and documentaries on discovery channel..sometimes lonely planet..very educative note again..worth a read !
About the picture..i think you brought out the scene perfectly..the intoduction of the subject at the edge fits the composition so well..can almost see the look on his face...the tilt of his head..the position of his nose, shoulder..just perfect..while there is an activity in the centre of the frame, there is a diversion at the edge..do you have a whole scene..i know you did have a wide angle on you..would have loved to see the arena !!
Good one !
- Copyright: Marc Cl (Manamo) (3708)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2007-05-29
- Categories: Festivals, Event
- Camera: Nikon D 70s, 70-300mm AF Nikkor 4-5.6 G
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): other favorites (2008), Controversial [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-08-28 11:44