The Young Relax Beside Replicas of the Black Nazarene

The Young Relax Beside Replicas of the Black Nazarene

A gaggle of young Filipinos take a break and huddle at the plaza of the Basilica of the National Shrine Immaculate Conception in Antipolo, Rizal Province of the Philippines. I took this photograph after the festival of the visitation of the Black Nazarene to the Virgin of Antipolo.

Image: Replicas of the Black Nazarene at the Antipolo Cathedral in Rizal, Philippines.

Both the Black Nazarene and the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage are important Catholic icons, with origins tracing back to the Spanish colonial times. As their names imply, these statues were carved from dark wood originating from Mexico and brought across the Pacific in the 16th and 17th centuries respectively. Several miracles have been attributed to each in the centuries since. Today the Nazarene is enshrined in the minor Basilica of Quiapo while the Lady calls the Basilica of Antipolo her home. For devotees, both symbolize the bond between a suffering mother and her martyred son, with the early morning procession at Antipolo marking their earthly reunion.

What drew me to street scenes like these was the casual familiarity these youth displayed towards the two replicas of the Black Nazarene. By my guess, it echoes the affinity Filipinos have with their centuries-old religious traditions.

Image: Replicas of the Black Nazarene at the Antipolo Cathedral in Rizal, Philippines.

I used a post-WWII Zeiss Super Ikonta BX 533/16 with Kodak TMY 400 film to capture these moments.