Photographer's Note

January 6th (Epiphany) is an important festival in Spanish speaking Christian countries: it is the day in the liturgical calander that the three kings arrive to present their gifts to Jesus. Throughout Latin America there is often a local celebration of interest taking place, and the small altiplano city of Juni, on the shores of Lake Titicaca was no exception.

In the Catedral de San Pedro Martir, Epiphany, is the day on which the Virgin Mary receives her new dress for the year. As with many catholic churches, a statue of Mary is very prominent on an important shrine. In Juli, she is dressed up in her new outfit for the coming year.

The young woman in the photograph is holding one of Mary's attendant angels while other members of the congregation climbed up the alter and dressed the statue of the virgin. I particularly liked the common altiplano irony of blonde, european angels juxtaposed with indigenous worshippers.

As with many religous celebrations inside the holy building, it is really important to remain unobtrusive as a photographer (out of respect for local customs and also to get better photographs). So, no flash, and an extremely high ISO rating to get enough light on to the photo. The church was also filled with smoke from the insense burners, so the conditions were quite difficult.

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Iain Pearson (iainsp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 482 W: 0 N: 698] (3298)
  • Genre: Mensen
  • Medium: Kleur
  • Date Taken: 2010-01-06
  • Categories: Festivals
  • Belichting: f/5.6, 1/50 Seconden
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  • Fotoversie: Originele versie
  • Date Submitted: 2010-08-27 5:35
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