Burkina Faso Festival of Masks.
Anthony Pappone (1979), is a photographer specialized in travel, festival, portrait, reportage, rural, tribes and ceremony photography around the the world. “As a child I have always been passionate about history and far away places & tribes with an ancient culture.”
“before be a photographer, I was a traveler who loved to turn and look but then struck by ladakh festival and the photos that I could do during these celebrations I started to follow the festivals and ceremonies around the world. I have focused by some years on Africa, the continent that was able to maintain alive the traditions and the ceremonies, from deserts to forests. I started studying photography and photographers and I started to to buy the testing of various camera bodies and lenses all brand canon, at present working my photo projects with very bright lenses, my favorite lens is the wide angle.”
Taken at last year’s festival, Pappone explains that the masks originate from a number of West African countries in addition to Burkina Faso. Dances are performed day and night and it is said the person wearing the mask embodies the spirit of the mask they wear. Some represent animals while others are used to ask for rain. While the images below show the visual component, an equally important element is the music and rhythm throughout the event.