The only thing better than a pattern is a pattern that is broken. Both of these photos took place during the Easter procession in Ecuador. It took some waiting on the sidelines (and nearly being pick-pocketed) until I finally got the right mix of color to have a single brown outfit in a sea of purple for the top photo, but I knew that would be a much better composition than just snapping photos of the parade. I know this for a fact because I have a ton of other photos from that day when I did just that, and they are sitting on a hard drive somewhere that I don’t feel compelled to look at in the least.
The bottom photo was a different story altogether. This man was entirely committed to his role as Christ that he walked the entire route barefoot on scolding hot blacktop pavement. Being back in Spain recently for Semana Santa, I realized a few distinct differences between the Spanish processions and the Ecuadorian processions. Ecuador had far fewer "floats" that travel the route, but many, many more individuals dressed as Jesus, carrying crosses or cross beams on the back (like the photo). Some of the crosses were incredibly big, often needing upwards of ten people to carry it. In these situations, the person dressed as Jesus would carry the front of the cross and everyone else would help carry the long tail end. Ecuador also had a female version of the hooded outfit (capriotes) that incorporated purple lace throughout (you can see a sliver of it in the lower left corner of the photo), whereas Spanish women generally wore all black dresses with lace veils and shawls (think funeral attire). Ecuador also had a number of people walk the entire procession barefoot - this is all the more impressive when you factor in the hot Quito sun and blacktop pavement (a lot of them found scraps of cardboard to stand on during the long pauses/traffic jams of the procession, they would then pick these up and carry them with them to use on the next stop). It's certainly a moment that I will never forget.
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