At first it might appear as though photographer Anne-Sophie Stolz has simply staged a quirkily costumed house party for her own benefit, but this series actually revolves around a local Bavarian tradition. Hailing from Swabian Bavaria, Anne-Sophie Stolz returned to her roots in order to capture the customs and rituals that still take place there.
In this case, Anne-Sophie Stolz focused on capturing traditional festivals such as Fastnacht, a Germanic variant of Mardi Gras. Dressed in suits covered in pine cones, horned demon ensembles and more, people parade through the streets to expel winter's gloom. As Fast Co Design writes, "The series contrasts the banality of life in a small town with what Stolz calls 'the phenomenon of preservation, of holding old values are important points of life there.'"
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