Seville

Exterior of 'Plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla' (The Bullring), Seville, Andalucia, Spain

Exterior of ‘Plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla’ (The Bullring), Seville, Andalucia, Spain

Interior of 'Plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla' (The Bullring), Seville, Andalucia, Spain

Interior of ‘Plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla’ (The Bullring), Seville, Andalucia, Spain

Facade or ornamental fountain, Jardines de Catalina de Rivera, Seville, Spain

Facade or ornamental fountain, Jardines de Catalina de Rivera, Seville, Spain

Detail of traditionally decorated rooftop, Seville, Spain

Detail of traditionally decorated rooftop, Seville, Spain

Detail of traditional tilework on wall, Seville, Spain

Detail of traditional tilework on wall, Seville, Spain

Intricately carved wooden ceiling atof The Royal Alcázar (Palace) of Seville, Seville, Andalucia, Spain

Intricately carved wooden ceiling atof The Royal Alcázar (Palace) of Seville, Seville, Andalucia, Spain

Interior detail of The Royal Alcázar (Palace) of Seville, Seville, Andalucia, Spain

Interior detail of The Royal Alcázar (Palace) of Seville, Seville, Andalucia, Spain

Interior detail of The Royal Alcázar (Palace) of Seville, Seville, Andalucia, Spain

Interior detail of The Royal Alcázar (Palace) of Seville, Seville, Andalucia, Spain

Baños de María de Padilla, Alcázar de Sevilla (Royal Palace of Seville), Seville, Andalucia, Spain

Baños de María de Padilla, Alcázar de Sevilla (Royal Palace of Seville), Seville, Andalucia, Spain

Wall mural in old town of Seville, Andalucia, Spain

Wall mural in old town of Seville, Andalucia, Spain

Exterior of Plaza de España, Seville, Andalucia, Spain

Exterior of Plaza de España, Seville, Andalucia, Spain

Exterior of Plaza de España, Seville, Andalucia, Spain

Exterior of Plaza de España, Seville, Andalucia, Spain

Exterior of Plaza de España at night, Seville, Andalucia, Spain

Exterior of Plaza de España at night, Seville, Andalucia, Spain

Interior of traditional Spanish delicatessen, Seville, Andalucia, Spain

Interior of traditional Spanish delicatessen, Seville, Andalucia, Spain

People sitting outside restaurants, Seville, Andalucia, Spain

People sitting outside restaurants, Seville, Andalucia, Spain

Interior of 'Las Teresas' restaurant, Seville, Andalucia, Spain

Interior of ‘Las Teresas’ restaurant, Seville, Andalucia, Spain

Semana Santa in Seville

I travelled down to Seville during Easter to document the Semana Santa processions which take place every year in the Andalucian capital. Here are a few of my favourites, will also add a curated selection to the Projects gallery on … Continue reading

Jumping the Cattle: Hamar Tribe – Omo Valley, Ethiopia

When a boy from the Hamar tribes is ready to ‘come of age’ he must complete the ‘Ukele Bulla’ (Cattle jumping) ceremony. This event usually happens after the harvest, and upon completion allows the man to marry, own cattle and have children. Prior to the jumping the female relatives of the man gather and demand to be whipped, the ‘Maza’ (a man who has already jumped the cattle within 3 months) uses a long fin stick to strike the women and girls on their exposed back.  It is a consensual act, with the females begging the Maza for more. The more scarring on the womens back, the more devotion it shows to their families.

The young male about to leap the bulls has his head partially shaved and is rubbed with sand to wash away his sins, he is then smeared with dung to give him strength. A line of cattle are arranged to the sound of horns and drums, and the boy must complete 4 ‘jumps’, only when he has been through this initiation can he marry a wife who will be chosen by his parents.

Jumping of the Bulls Ceremony, Hamar Tribe, Turmi, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

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Palio di Asti, Italy – September 2014

Palio di Asti, Asti, Lombardy Province, Italy  It begins at night; as darkness falls around the old streets of Asti crowds gather in San Secondo square, children jostle for the best position, families pick up slices of pizza, judges take … Continue reading