This set of photographs is delightfully weird.

This set of photographs is delightfully weird.

This set of photographs is delightfully weird.

“Rather than just photograph the costumes and the iconography like photojournalists, Rousset and Verona decided to stage some of the photos and create a mise en scène directly inspired by magical realism. Costumed characters aren’t always in parades or at ceremonies; they’re sitting at a drafting table, bent over work supplies. Two women perch on a desk near modern appliances, like televisions. Another worshiper sits on a naked mattress, and a plastic bottle beverage sits on the floor. “We decided to mix two languages: one very staged and those that are very snapshot,” Verona says. “We mixed a lot to create ambiguity for the reader, in knowing what’s real and what’s fiction.””

http://www.wired.com/2014/08/welcome-to-the-bolivian-mountains-where-magical-realism-is-a-way-of-life/?mbid=social_gplus#slide-id-1328511

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