Franka and the Christ bearers
photo © Paolo Saccheri
Only in Liguria, North-West coast of Italy, are the Christ bearers, gathered in congregations or "casacce". Strong men who carry in the processions heavy crucifixes and processional cabinets. A tradition that has its roots in the Middle Ages, with the formation of early congregations that dealt with religious rites and carried out social and humanitarian functions.
Here, for the Patron Saint Day San Giovanni Battista, the procession reached the sea where the Archbishop blessed the port and the ships.
Magic things happen all the time as pictures are taken with the vintage camera.
This slow photography project is a cooperation between the authors of 591 Photography.