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A Woman of Faith
Photograph by David Alan Harvey

With nine decades of living etched on her face, Mãe Filinha exudes the quiet authority of her position as leader of the Sisterhood of the Good Death. This religious group practices Candomblé, a belief system based on African traditions and influenced by Catholicism and South American Indian rituals. The sisterhood is known for processions marked by singing and praying as members move through the streets of Cachoeira. During Candomblé ceremonies adherents enter trances and commune with their gods. The chanting and beating of drums can last well into the night.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Leica M-6
Film Type: Fuji Velvia
Lens: 35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/1.4
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Midday
Lighting Techniques: Small flash
Special Equipment: Tripod

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