Charles Fréger encountered many interesting things during his two-year journey through 19 European countries documenting pagan festivals. The resulting series, “Wilder Mann” is on view at Yossi Milo Gallery in New York through May 18. Curious about these ominous-looking figures? Find out more here: http://slate.me/ZPYUdw
The Elephant Festival takes over the city of Jaipur every year. The animals are draped with jewelry and given majestic multi-color makeovers (complete with pedicures), before doing a procession through the streets. Later they race, play elephant polo and take part in a human vs animal tug-of-war.
Photographer Charles Freger travelled to Rajasthan to get a sneak peek.
“These traditions come from Neolithic times — from shamanism — and they have never stopped. For a few nights you can behave like a goat, drink a lot and forget about being civilized. You can be a wild animal for three days and then you go back to controlling your wildness."—Charles Fréger
Traditional & Ceremonial Pagan Costumes of Europe— Photographer Charles Freger has spent many years roaming around Europe to take pictures of costumes from Pagan rituals. The series, entitled “Wilder Mann,” inspires “images of an older, wilder and more tribal Europe, filled with wild beasts, bonfires and pagan gods.” The tradition of men dressing up as wild animals and monsters, which dates back to neolithic times and shamanism, is still very alive nowadays. This seems to represent the complicated relationship humans have with nature.