Charles Fréger visited 18 European countries in search of the mythological figure of the Wild Man. His strange and beautiful photobook, Wilder. Sean O’Hagan: Charles Fréger feeds a revival of interest in the savages, devils, straw men and hybrid figures who people the folk traditions of. Charles Fréger’s most recent works cycle led him to eighteen European countries in search of the mythological figure of the wild man: Austria, Italy, Hungary.

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Show 25 25 wildef All. InPhyllis Galembo’s photobook Iwlder presented her series on carnival masquerade costumes from Africa and Haiti, while Leah Gordon’s Kanaval focused on the archetypal characters who make up the pre-Lenten carnival in Jacmel, Haiti. The Dondolasi and Zvoncari bell ringers of Croatia wear huge horns and animal masks that often have a huge red tongue protruding, while the Romanian wild men, the Urati, easily live up to their name, which translates as “ugly people”.

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Yes, please send a copy of this message to my e-mail address. It is the photographs, though, that resonate most. Please regularly send me a hard copy of the current catalog. That the “wild man” is flickering back into life surely tells us something about our need for myth, ritual and chwrles.

JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser. For all wildee, the costumes and masks worn in folk festivals that mark the coming of spring, winter or the new year remain vibrant and even frightening.


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McLiam Wilson notes that the more connected we become to the here and now in the hectic push and pull of the online world, the more we seek out the traditional, the ancient, the authentic. You can keep up with her reflections on her blog, All Hail the Burry Man.

He makes his annual appearance at the Ferry fair in Queensferry, Scotland, every August and his name derives from the costume he wears, which is made from burrs taken from the burdock plant. The costumes often represent the devil, billy-goats, wild boars or the Grim Reaper; they utilize masks, horns, bells, animal materials such as fur and bones, and plant materials such as straw and pine twigs.

Ancient skills and lores, dilettante survivalism and how-to historicism …” There has also been a general revival of interest recently in the various folk traditions of Britain, Europe and beyond, which has been reflected in contemporary photography. Some look strangely forlorn, others otherworldly. Order directly from the publisher: Today, as he treks through housing estates where once there were fields and villages, the Burry Man cuts an incongruous figure: You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website.

The transformation of human to beast is a central aspect in pagan rituals passed down over the centuries that celebrate the turn of the seasons, fertility, life and death — some still alive today in carnival or Advent traditions. A stuffed man from the Basque country seems to hark back to Picasso and the Surrealists rather than any older folk archetype.

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Ancient skills and lores, dilettante survivalism and how-to historicism …”. You can see his take on the Burry Man here. Please send me a hard copy of the current catalog. This is a strange and beautiful book, then, and one that suggests a near-lost world of myth, ritual and tradition that has — only just — survived cuarles the digital age.


Savage, beautiful and surviving: photos from the wild side

Gordon has a great photo of the current Burry Man, John Nichol, in costume and looking rather unsteady jann the end of his epic walk. Subscribe to Kehrer newsletter: He symbolises the regeneration of nature and is said to frighten away evil spirits.

Or our need for spectacle, which, increasingly, seems all that remains of the once-powerful symbols conjured up by our collective imagination to keep darkness at bay. Loading comments… Trouble loading? The Burry Man is always accompanied by a group of children, who collect money from house to house on his behalf. Contact form First Name. We are pilgrims seeking the past, the genuine, the individual. In this, she is following in the footsteps of Homer Sykes, who photographed British traditions and rituals throughout the 70s and 80s.

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He has two attendants, who carry his flower poles and steady him when he has drunk one too many glasses of whisky, which are offered to him by people who believe the gesture will bring them good luck.

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