Photographer's Note

One evening, we came across the "Pascoa" procession (standing for Easter day... Thanks Celso Marino) in the center of Salvador. The penitents walked from the "Igreja da Ordem do Terceira do Carmo" up to the "Igreja São Fransisco" passing across the "Pelourinho" area.

Frankly speaking, seeing these dozens of people deeply involved in Religion in that amazing historic location where the density of churches and 17th and 18th century is so high was a unique and unforgetable experience.

I believe it was only a test for the march which would take place the following Friday but the devotion and the emotion emerging from that march was so strong that it seemed as important as the Friday's march itself.

This character was heading the march with his wipe. He was surrounded by few folks with iron chains and many others holding flags, Crosses, wooden tablets making a terrible sound from time to time. These sounds, the long silences, the slowness of the march in the middle of that majestic architecture conveyed an incredible sadness feeling.

I believe the purpose of the ceremony is to have these characters pray for Christ who sacrificed himself for the human sins.

Cropped, USM applied, color balance adjusted and ran through Neatimage.

Shutter speed: 1/30 sec
Aperture: 3,5
Exposure mode: Manual
Flash: Off
Metering mode: Evaluative
Drive mode: Continuous: frame 1
ISO: 1600
Lens: 28 to 75mm
Focal length: 54mm
AF mode: AI Focus AF
Image size: 3504 x 2336
Rotation: none
Image quality: Super fine
White balance: Auto
Color space: sRGB
Saturation: Normal
Sharpness: High2
Contrast: High2
Picture Effect: Normal
Tone: Normal

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