Festivals and Rituals


Festivals and Rituals consider the significance of celebratory gatherings and the power of rituals. These images explore how communities re-enact, share and hold stories, weaving together the threads that connect the past and the present.
Theyyam, specific to the Malabar region of Kerala in South India, is an ancient Hindu tradition in which the lives of the deities are interpreted through nocturnal ritual performances.
In Ladakh in the far North of India remote Buddhist monasteries host sacred festivals such as Hemis Tsechu. Honouring the birth of the guru Padmasambhava, the slow, elaborate masked dances of Hemis Tsechu represent the triumph of good over evil.
Sacred India focuses on Varanasi, Kerala, Rajasthan and Delhi.

The oasis town of M'Hamid El Ghizlane on the edge of the Sahara in South Morocco was once the meeting place for traditional trans-Saharan caravans. The region's rich heritage continues to resonate through the Taragalte Festival, a celebration of music and nomadic culture.

Also in this gallery are photographs from Traces - a work-in-progress collaboration with performance artist Marisa Garreffa exploring ritual, memory fragments and trauma.

There are photographs of the renowned Sibiu International Festival of Theatre in Romania, taken when I was the festival's Resident Photographer in 2015.

Finally, Mali and Burkina Faso, features professional dance and theatre performances from across the African continent, alongside more local, community celebrations.