This documentary photography was submitted to Edge of Humanity Magazine by Documentary Photographer Miguel Proença.
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From project “Los Agarradores” by Miguel Proença.
“Los Agarradores” is a story about an centennial tradition of a group of ordinary men, that every summer is celebrated in the mountains of Galicia, with warrior shouts, local villagers force the horses down from the mountains to the valleys. The images show aspects of the dispute, sudden and violent movements, where the dynamics of the human body resemble the horse. The exhausted grippers, lay on the ground, clinging to the beast as if it were a trophy and continuing a tradition that’s in their blood and a way to understand life in communion with the wild beasts.
The fighters are confronted with horses, as equals, holding the beast down on the ground to be able to cut their manes and sometimes brand them. Amil-Moranã in Galicia, Spain.
By Miguel Proença