|A Living Tradition|
Photograph by Randy Olson
Before sacrificing this bull...before preparing their sacred feast...before their traditions are forgotten, the men of Khakhmati, in the Khevsureti region of Georgia, do an ancient deed. First, the menand only the mengather on a hillside, sacrificial bull in tow. Next, the animal is positioned so its head faces the local deitywherever it may be. The men intone a few prayerssome Christian, some notthen slit the bulls throat. Its businesslike, its festive, and its awfully messy. If a spurting artery is aimed in your direction, says photographer Randy Olson, you can be 20 feet (six meters) away and still get covered in blood.
|Camera: Leica M6
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/5.6
||Weather Conditions: Overcast|
Time of Day: 11 a.m.
Lighting Techniques: Fill strobe