Good Friday in Braga, Portugal, in B/W squares

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. 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.

In an effort to determine which would be the best way to present the sequence as a photo-essay, I tried different solutions, and at the end I decided to go for B/W squares – It’s not the usual way I use to present my work, but some times it’s good to challenge yourself to do stuff you wouldn’t normally do, right? Plus, I think this way of presenting the images is a great fit for the subject of the photo story.

A last note about the square format – I’m increasingly using the 1:1 ratio for my images these days. Maybe it’s the influence of Instagram, or work by other photographers I came across in the past – I don’t really know what it is, but I’m liking it. In fact I originally “saw” many of these images as square when I shot them, so I felt less guilty about cropping them during post-processing.

What do you think? Is the B/W square format working well with these images? Do you challenge yourself to do things you wouldn’t normally do, from time to time? Please share your opinion in the comments if you want to chime in. 

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