Carnival in Xanthi, Greece

Copyright © Alexandra Pavlova
Карнавал в Ксанти, Гърция, 22 февруари 2015 г.

*I don’t know about you, but I’m so sick and tired of winter already… I long for spring, sun and colors… I guess this is one of the reasons why there are so many carnivals across the Mediterranean region this time of the year – people are getting ready for spring and open their hearts to all the joy it brings! I visited the small town of Xanthi, Northern Greece, a week ago, for their traditional annual carnival. The atmosphere was incredible, everyone was having so much fun, wearing lovely costumes, dancing to music in the streets, smiling their cares away…

I travelled light, only with the Fujifilm X100T ♥ Shooting a busy event with a prime wide-angle lens could be tricky, especially if you want to isolate your subject. I found out that taking the image from a low angle might help. Getting real close was the other thing that worked for me… and it was so.much.more.fun to get closer to the performers and get all those smiles firsthand… The only thing better than giving a smile is getting a smile in return…

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