Today I was reviewing my photo-archive and found this picture of Nyau dancers from Machesse village in Mozambique. I didn’t include it to my project Nyau. Gule Wamkulu – The Great Dancers, but probably I should. Really like this photo.
I took this picture in October 2010 during the spiritual ceremony in Machesse village, Central Mozambique, where I went to find out how to document life of this secret community. They were ok with photographing their dances, but denied my presence in their sacred places, even without my camera. Later I decided to join the group and became Nyau myself. But it took me much more time until the People of Mask started to trust my camera and allowed me to photograph their sacred rituals.