Silver / 2018 / Portraiture / Personality

Deliver Us from Evil

  • Prize
    Silver in Portraiture/Personality
  • Company
    Leonardo Perugini
  • Photographer
    Leonardo Perugini

Italy. A landing place for immigrants, but at the same time quite the opposite. Over 115,000 departures, in 2016. Many young Italians leave to build a new life abroad, but they take their origins with them, rework them and, when they go home, their return has a different meaning. As in the case of Mario, his Virgin Mary and his blood.Mario is 40 years old and 21 years ago he left Nocera Terinese, his home town near Catanzaro, Calabria. Now he lives in Portsmouth, England. He has two children and two jobs: by day a workman and by night a pizza chef.But every year, just before Easter, Mario returns home to dedicate his blood to a powerful creed he has never forgotten. He becomes a Vattiente.“Tradition does not mean looking after the ashes,but keeping a flame alive”wrote Jean Jaures and Mario's story is all of this: tradition, blood and intentions.