Although the main reason for my recent trip to Porto was my Tascas project – a documentary photography project about traditional taverns in Portugal – I happened to plan things in order for me to be able to stay until after São João’s night. São João is part of the so called Santos Populares (=Popular Saints) along with Santo Antonio and São Pedro. The Popular Saints are celebrated in June, more or less everywhere in the country, with festivals, fairs, cultural and folklore events, and parades.
High on the list of my favourite places to visit in India, and a very popular tourist destination with those who visit Kerala, Kochi is a wonderful blend of tropical, south Indian atmospheres and European colonial heritage (ie. Portuguese, Dutch and British).
Being so rich in history and having lots to offer, there are quite a few sights to take in. But history ain’t the only thing – with the Kochi-Muziris biennale which launched in 2012, the city is developing an intriguing arty spin. As my friend Vijay puts it “it may not be a Berlin or a London yet but it is getting there”.
As I said in my previous post I spent Maundy Thursday and Good Friday in Braga to photograph some of the celebrations which took place as part of the Semana Santa (Easter Week).
Good Friday celebrations include a big mass followed by a procession held within the Cathedral (Sé de Braga) in the afternoon, and the Procissão do Enterro do Senhor at night. The common theme is the commemoration of the entombment of Jesus and the atmosphere is, expectedly, sad and mournful.
When I got back home from the procession I was a bit frustrated cause I thought I wasn’t able to bag any decent photo, so I downloaded the memory card on my laptop and let the files rest for a while in one of my external drives. When I got back to them yesterday I was surprised that I actually quite liked some of the images, so I started editing them in Lightroom.