Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015

Category D Open theme, photo story:3rd place

Lamentation over the Dead Christ

Giancarlo Zuccarone



Nowadays rituals and ancient traditions are threatened by social and economic changes. The festivals are losing their authenticity risking to disappear forever. So I wanted to tell the story and the soul of these places and its people: love and passion, pain and anger, joy and tenderness. A mythology of christians and pagan images in which the origin are lost in the mists of antiquity.
The procession begins at sunset, when a statue of the Dead Christ is accompanied for the streets of old town. It is followed by different groups of characters: women dressed in black, local politicians, members of mysterious brotherhoods, Passion's statues and symbols. During this ideal "way of the cross" people leave home to offer one's condolences to dead Christ. All inhabitants are involved in the celebration, and this medieval village makes all more suggestive still.