On a Pilgrimage

  • Making the Pilgrimage to Fatíma, Portugal

  • Making the Pilgrimage to Fatíma, Portugal

  • Making the Pilgrimage to Fatíma, Portugal

  • Making the Pilgrimage to Fatíma, Portugal

About an hours drive north of Lisbon is the city of Fatíma. It's a religious city, dominated by the catholic cathedral in the centre and the huge paved area in front that caters for tens of thousands of pilgrims who visit here each year and to attend the special masses. There is a shiny walkway running the whole length and along it pilgrims walk on their knees to complete their pilgrimage.

I visited Fatíma over Christmas and on the day we went the weather was beautiful and sunny, without a cloud in the sky. I decided to shoot these images in black and white to make the most of the shapes, silhouettes and contrasts between the people and trees in the background with just about everything else in the picture, which was angular and made of concrete.

For a catholic it is said to be one of the most important religious places to visit in Portugal.

Here, people are queuing up to add their candles to the fire.

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