Every January 9th of the year, millions of Catholics flock to Quiapo to celebrate the Feast of the Black Nazarene. In four years I was there thrice to document atleast a thousand of these devotees. And I promise to shoot more next year.
The Nazareno is a life-size Mulatto sculpture of Jesus Christ housed at the Quaipo Church. Carved by an unknown Mexican carpenter, it was brought by a Spanish priest to the Philippines on 17th century via a ship. The ship caught on fire and burnt the image. it even survived few more tragedies after that – earthquakes, fire, and World War II bombing.
Devotees believe that it is miraculous, every Friday they go to the church to say thanks and pray an a part of their 9 Day Devotion (Novena). Plenty of them had actually received or experienced miracles like healing and surviving un-treatable diseases.
And on the feast day, the church brings out the image for a procession. Millions of barefoot people gather around the street to have a glimpse of the miraculous image of Jesus Christ, waving their white towels and shouting “Viva Senor!” and some tug the rope that attached to the carriage carrying the Nazareno.
This year I chose to shoot the event entirely on black and white! I used Kodak BWCN400 and two rolls of T-Max400.