The fascinating work of French photographer Estelle Haniana explores themes of animism, mysticism and pagan magic. "Parking Lot Hydra," her latest freakish photo series, documents a traditional winter masquerade in Bulgaria used to ward off evil spirits in the coming new year. Haniana observed the scene from a nearby parking lot where participants changed in and out of animal costumes.
"The place is full of masked people," said Haniana, "The masks go from cheap to very sophisticated. The music is loud, there's lots of marching bands. Huge dusty trucks arrive in town where hundreds of crazy figures pour out of them. The rhythm of the procession is quite intense...They become wilder and even more dedicated to their costume and to the character they play. Incessant music comes from small bands performing everywhere in town. Most of the masked men seem to be in trance."
(Via Quality Peoples)