“Babugeri, Bulgaria” by Charles Freger
Wilder Mann is a project Fréger has worked on for several years now; after picking up on a trend of “wild man” costumes used in traditional ceremonies and pageants, he traveled to eighteen European countries photographing the different iterations in each one. Wilder Mann shows men dressed in shaggy goat skins, prickly twigs, black hoods, fearsome face paint. They look like bears, or deer, or yaks, or aliens. They are the wild things, so within the frame of the photos is, literally, where the wild things are.