There’s a fascinating photo essay on Life by Anthony Karen, who’s been photographically documenting Haitian Vodou for years.
Asked how long it took before participants accepted that he would be photographing their spiritual rites, Karen replies that, paradoxically enough, the intimacy of the ceremonies makes documenting them less difficult than one might think. “I’d compare it to being utterly engrossed in a good book,” he says. “Most of the Vodouisants are so wrapped up in the proceedings that they don’t notice me. As a photographer, you’re simply very small compared to the higher power that they feel is present in those moments.”
Inside Haitian Vodou [Life]