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Sacred Stew
Photograph by Randy Olson

After the ritual sacrifice of sheep on a hill in Svaneti, the butchered carcasses are tossed into a big copper pot, then boiled until done. “How can I describe the taste?” says one of the hundred-plus festival attendees. “Boiled sheep tastes the same the world over.”

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: 20-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/8 @ f/2.8
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: 11 a.m.
Lighting Techniques: Bounce strobe


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