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Spain the Country the Emotions the Images Shane Aurousseau Mi España

España el país las emociones las imágenes Shane Aurousseau

Spain a country I have always felt at home in. I lived there for.many years under the Franco regime. Since those days I  return regularly and consider the country my spiritual home. With many Spanish friends It is a country of people who have little fear of allowing emotions to be on open display demonstrating an honesty that many peoples struggle with. I have presented here a series of images of the country and its people’s emotions from the love  of life, The love of family, the security of being part of a society that their religion brings,  to courage death and the raw brutality of the bull ring man’s most  primordial emotions, This is not written to condone or condemn only to show the openness of the full range of man’s normally hidden emotions on full display in this exciting country. Emotions that are within us all. We are a species trying to move from the primeval natural world to something higher yet we continually regress and live in hypocritical denial. There is a refreshing honesty with the openness of emotion adding to the vigour of a country that embraces life openly with all its drama and melodrama.

The Joy of Feria

El Gitano de Oro

To the Romeria

Las secuelas

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Las Chicas de la Fiesta

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Power and Torment

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El Gitano

Proud Owner

Semana Santa

Semana Santa Getting rid of the evidence Deshacerse de la evidencia

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The Streets of London – Chilling Images Photographer Shane Aurousseau

In continuing the theme ‘The Streets of London’ relaxation can’t be overlooked. I hope that these images convey relaxation in the capital.

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The Sunday Chilling
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Dining out and chilling in Whitecross Street
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Chilling the Walk
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Carnival Chilling Whitecross Street
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Night out Chilling 

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Diversity in Black and White -A Monochrome World

Photography is about telling the story sometimes in colour sometimes in the drama of black and white, what is the story behind an image in whatever medium works for that image subject. It can be your story not necessarily mine. The vast majority of people look at an image and see only a nice photo few look beyond  seeking purpose. Knowledge that it is a nice looking snap of a family member does not have any ties to understanding, it is akin to amorality. The mass availability of phone cameras and general compacts has taken the general perception of photography into the world of the myopic monochrome and away from artistic achievement. Professional photographers now find it hard to achieve true value for their hard worked images, for in order to generate a truly creative image it still takes hard work and a creative mind. Photography of the highest quality still has its high place in the world of creative media. Like the master artists who use the right equipment in order to achieve their chosen objective the best photographers select the best tools for their creative path . The camera is only the brush. Pointing a phone and clicking and accidentally achieving a good snap is not a creative path, it is usually a good family or travel record. At my recent exhibition in London the curator Ruta Sasnauskaite cleverly devised a competition whereby people had to find certain information buried within the images. The winner was the one with the closest answers to the ones held by the curator. Everyone took part; the answers where not the issue what it did was to make the audience look into the photograph and not at it. Involvement with an image can give the same level of intellectual enjoyment that a fine piece of music does moving the viewer from knowledge to understanding.

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A world seeking a direction

I’m not a religious man in the context of following a Church doctrine or deity, the interpretation of this does not mean that I don’t have religious thoughts. The concept of atheism is a difficult one for me to comprehend as this is a statement of absolute and is a bedfellow of fundamentalism. The following of an agnostic path is to me a much more logical direction, ‘the only thing I know is I know nothing’ Socrates. Man’s interpretation of the teachings of some of the towering figures of religious history. Mohammed, Christ, Abraham, the Hindu teacher Shankara  and even the Buddhas I believe would horrify the creators of those great religions. Much criminality and suffering has been perpetuated in the name of religion.  The quest for some form of understanding is far more important than some vague and misguided belief that one has omnipotent knowledge, however sometimes from man’s muddled and myopic thinking comes something beautiful, the music of a Latin Mass,

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Alhambra Granada
The great art of Islam Alhambra Granada Spain
The great art of Islam Alhambra Granada Spain

The Sacred Geometry of Islam, The great paintings of the world, The Last Supper – Leonardo da Vinci, The creation of Adam – Michelangelo,  Madonna del Prato or Madonna of the Meadow – Raphael, The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist – Caravaggio not to mention the great temple sculptures of the East, the great fiestas of the Catholic world Semana Santa Spain. I have to admit these creations give a fabric and synergy to society that today much of the world lacks with out these creations the world would be a boring and barren place indeed. The disillusionment especially in the ranks of the youth of the world is giving rise to a self driven and violent society with an inability to see any beauty we are building  the blind society.

The creation of Adam Michelangelo
The creation of Adam Michelangelo
The beheading of John de Baptist Caravaggio
The beheading of John de Baptist Caravaggio

It was attending Holy week or Semana Santa  Malaga that confirmed to me the importance of maintaining these great festivals and protecting the great artistic legacy that religious belief of most persuasions has bestowed upon us. The realisation of the contribution that has been bequeathed to us by the great religions of the world is part of growing up and becoming an understanding member of society.

The Throne of the Mourning Virgin Image Shane Aurousseau
The Throne of the Mourning Virgin Image Shane Aurousseau

Semana Santa (Easter Week) Spain’s greatest festival and most important week of the year. A celebration of piety expressed almost exclusively in the processions of the brotherhoods or fraternities. Associations that have their origins in the Middle Ages, however a number were created during the Baroque Period, inspired by the Counter-Reformation ( Catholic Revival) commencing from the time of the ‘Council of Trent’ 1545 – 1563 finishing at the end of the ‘Thirty Years War’ 1648  and also during the 20th and 21st centuries. Membership of the brotherhoods is usually open to any Catholic person; family tradition is an important element to becoming a member or “brother” (hermano). The family the importance of being a part of something greater than you. The family can be seen in the important participation of Children and how they are welcomed into the festivities. The family group is an institution that we seem to be losing in most western countries to the detriment of our society.

The Nazarenos marking for penance Image Shane Aurousseau
The Nazarenos marking for penance Image Shane Aurousseau

One of the most striking spectacles of the festival are the hundreds of slow-moving Nazarenos (based on the people of Nazareth) in their tall, pointy hats and matching robes with their faces completely covered, apart from their eyes. Reasons for the use of such costumes have long been lost in antiquity however the purpose is simple , the Nazarenos their faces are covered in mourning and also as a sign of shame for the sins they have committed throughout the year. It is not uncommon for prisoners to participate as pallbearers participating in the carrying of the huge Thrones of the crucified Christ and the mourning Virgin Mary in order to repent of their sins.

160 - 280 men and sometimes women carrying the Throne
160 – 280 men and sometimes women carrying the Throne

There are 168 to 280 men and sometimes women who carry the thrones on their shoulders. Each man must be able to carry 40 Kilos on his shoulders for hours they tend to march for a longer period than women. The processions culminates on Easter Sunday in a long procession from the cathedral or church with the meeting of the effigies of the mourning Virgin and the resurrected Christ. Truly an artistic and spectacular fiesta that gives Spain its character and synergy. .

Images of the great Spanish fiesta Semana Santa

Women carrying the Mourning Virgin Mary Image Shane Aurousseau
Women carrying the Mourning Virgin Mary Image Shane Aurousseau
The Throne of the Mourning Virgin
The Throne of the Mourning Virgin

Semana Santa a family affair Image Shane Aurousseau
Semana Santa a family affair Image Shane Aurousseau
Following the Mourning Throne of the Virgin Mary image Shane Aurousseau
Following the Mourning Throne of the Virgin Mary image Shane Aurousseau
Waiting for the Bell to move off Image Shane Aurousseau
Waiting for the Bell to move off Image Shane Aurousseau

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Carrying the Throne Image Shane Aurousseau
Carrying the Throne Image Shane Aurousseau
Incense Image Shane Aurousseau
Incense Image Shane Aurousseau
A Family Affair Image Shane Aurousseau
A Family Affair Image Shane Aurousseau
Relaxing in the break image Shane Aurousseau
Relaxing in the break image Shane Aurousseau
Leading the Throne of the Mourning Virgin Mary Image Shane Aurousseau
Leading the Throne of the Mourning Virgin Mary Image Shane Aurousseau
The Nazarenos Image Shane Aurousseau
The Nazarenos Image Shane Aurousseau
The Nazarenos Image Shane Aurousseau
The Nazarenos Image Shane Aurousseau
The Throne of the Mourning Virgin Mary Malaga Image Shane Aurousseau
The Throne of the Mourning Virgin Mary Malaga Image Shane Aurousseau

Photographer Shane Aurousseau