These photographs were taken during Holy Week in Sicily and Mexico.
In Sicily during this special week the villages are busy with non-stop spectacles, ranging from solemn church services to campy street dramatizations of the stations of the cross including one performed on floats filled with smoking Jesuses and Roman gladiators pulled through a farming village with tractors.
The holy week spectacles turn macabre in Mexico where hooded and black robed penitents march through villages looking like participants in a B-Grade Klu Klux Klan rally in the town of Queretaro. The most extreme and gory version is in the old silver mining town of Taxco where hundreds of men commit self-flagellation with ropes laced with glass or nails until their backs are covered in blood as spectators watch along the sidelines carrying Disney balloons and eating ice cream. Levity returns on Easter Sunday in San Miguel de Allende where paper maches Judases in the style of local politicians are loaded with fireworks and exploded in the zocalo.
A strange 21st century mix of deeply rooted tradition and pop culture where passion in many guises is found.