The flour battle

PhotographerPaulo Monteiro
PrizeHonorable Mention
CompanyPaulo Monteiro
City/CountryRibeira Grande, Portugal
Photo Date2009
Technical Info35 mm film
Entry Description

Santa Cruz das Ribeiras is located in the island of Pico, in the Azores. Every year, during Shrove Monday afternoon, a group of inhabitants, mainly young people, get together to fight a peculiar battle: they throw flour to each other while they go through the main streets of the village. Almost every one protects their eyes with goggles, because the flour is thrown with considerable force.

About Photographer

I was born on the 28th of June, 1963, in S. Miguel, Azores, where I currently live and work. I am a photographer since 1985. I have developed long term projects about various subjects, such as popular religiosity, profane festivities, architecture, landscape, Nature, or the world of work. My photos has been displayed in Portugal and abroad. My work has been recognized by the International Photography Awards.