Accenti magazine, Accenti photo contest, Culture, History, Italia, Orsara di Puglia, photography, Puglia
The 7th annual Accenti Magazine ‘Capture an Italian Moment’ Photo Competition results were just released at the Accenti Magazine Awards during the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival. My photo, ‘Sbandieratori’ came in second place!
This photo was taken in Orsara di Puglia during the ‘Corteo Storico’, a parade in period costume, reenacting the history of the village. These sbandieratori (flag throwers) came from nearby Lucera to perform. Here, they are in between performances, engaged in casual conversation. What struck me about this image were the bold colours and composition of the costumes and flags. I was also curious to know what their conversation was about….was it early Renaissance gossip, or the latest cell phone app?
Questa foto è stata scattata ad Orsara di Puglia durante il ‘corteo storico’, una sfilata in costume medioevale, che racconta la storia del paese. Questi sbandieratori sono venuti da Lucera. Qui li vediamo in attesa di sfilare, impegnati in una conversazione. Quello che mi ha colpito sono stati I colori vibranti e la composizione che si è create tra I costume e le bandiere. Ero anche curiosa di sapere di cosa parlavono…..chiacchiere medioevale o dell’uscita di una nuova app per il telefono?
The mission of Accenti, “the magazine with an Italian accent,” and Accenti Online http://www.accenti.ca is to bring together readers and writers around the idea of shared cultural experience, encourage creative expression, and act as a bridge between cultures. The 2015 photo and writing competition is now accepting submissions. If you are interested in finding out more, go to http://www.accenti.ca/photo-contest or http://www.accenti.ca/writing-contest.
The word Sbandieratori is related to the word bandiera (flag) and is pronounced zban∙ dee∙ ear ∙a∙ tow∙ ree. Say it a few times….now say it faster.
Here are a few more photos from the ‘Corteo Storico’ in Orsara di Puglia:
Congratulations, Cristina! All the photographs are so good, but I can see why they chose the image that they did for the prize.
Grazie Marianna! The other photos weren’t submitted for the contest, I just added them because they were taken on the same day. I didn’t get any good photos of the actual ‘flag throwing’ performances Ciao, Cristina
Laura Bortolin said:
I love the photo. It’s visually interesting to me how the two outer males look alike (twins?) and are rigid, looking in the same direction, while the man in the middle looks more relaxed and is facing the opposite direction.
This post made me want to know more about the history of Puglia, though, which you allude to but don’t get into in this post. Why are flag throwers part of the history? I want to hear more ! 🙂 I know, I know, in all your spare time, right?
Congrats on your second place win for the photo! 🙂
Grazie Laura! Sbandieratori are part of most medieval/renaissance costumed events in Italy. They even have competitions. I will be posting a lot more about Puglia….stay tuned! Cristina
a beautiful picture and well spotted. It reminds me of the “Partita di Scacchi in Marostica not far from Verona in northern Italy. I was fortunate enough to attend a pageant and it was wonderful. They play it every two years and during Expo 86, here in Vancouver the troupe came to show their flag throwing skills. Amazing.
Un po' di pepe said:
I saw the ‘Partita a scacchi a personaggi viventi’ (live chess game) in Marostica in 1994. It was amazing. We’ll have to get together and go again Patty!