Tulasi and prayer, bhakta (male Krisna devotee) is praying with his japa during the early morning Mangala arati ceremony, circling around the sacred Tulasi

Project Devotion reloaded…

I’ve visited the “Krisna Valley” again last weekend. This time I could only spend a brief weekend there which is not much, but still enough to tune in and catch up with my project. Here is an image from the early morning ceremony, called Mangala arati that starts at 4.30AM. After the “arati”, the devotees meditate with their “japas” chanting the Maha mantra (Hare Krishna mantra) , while some of them walk around the sacred “tulasi” plant.

Buso festivities in Hungary

National Geographic publications and recent achievements! :)

October has been quite vivid for me and gave me a lot of energy to move forward and keep going on the chosen path in photography. I have made a decision early this year that I will stop photographing so many things, and will only concentrate on the issues, topics I’m really interested in. Back to October… First I received an email that my images made it to the finalist round in the Travel Photographer of the Year 2014. The final round of judging will happen on 2nd December, so keep your fingers crossed. Some of my images about the “Busó” …

Devotion – new project

A few months ago, I’ve started to work on a long-term photo project, called “Devotion”. Since I’ve been really interested in cultures and religion that are different from what we are used to in the Western world, I figured that I’ll try to capture moments of devotion in certain religions that I find fascinating. I will spend longer time on being among the devotees, “monks” and stay with them as long as possible in the given timeframe so that I can show more than just scratching the surface. I will add selected images in the portfolio section as I’m advancing with …

Buso festivities in Hungary

Poklade (Busó festivities in Mohács, Hungary 2014)

The Poklade (busó festivities) is a tradition of the sokac ethnic group in Hungary, held in Mohács. It is a UNESCO cultural heritage for many years now. Men (adults and children as well) are dressed as “busó”, wearing wooden horned masks and wool cloaks scaring the winter away. They and their companions, the jankele are visiting houses, marching in the streets, have fun, do mishieves, entertain and scare people and eventually light a huge bonfire on the last night. More info about this tradition here. I had the chance to visit Mohács and the events and was the guest of locals …

Success on the Sony World Photography Awards 2014

“We are delighted to announce that your image has been commended in the top 50 images in the Travel Category in the Open Competition of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards. Your work has been selected from 139,554 images entered from 166 countries.  This is an incredible achievement.” This is the email I received a few days ago and it definitely made my day. I’m extremely happy as this image is very close to me. The moment depicted in the photo is still very vivid. I still remember the lights, the smells, the place, the taste of the soda I was drinking …

Interview on the Nigerian trip

English language interview with me about my trip to Nigeria focusing a bit on the Fulani people I visited and photographed around Kajuru. Hope you’ll find it interesting! Conversation starts at 5:30 http://www.mixcloud.com/RadioGlobeBudapest/radio-globe-budapest-interview-with-zsolt-r%C3%A9p%C3%A1sy-photographer-2013-11-18/

Lagos and the “go-slow”

Lagos is well-known and infamous for its “go-slows” which means traffic jams in Broken / Pidgin English. You can easily spend hours in the car without reaching your destination within the city. I’m not saying Lagos is all about traffic jams, as not the whole city is like that, but certainly there are areas and times of the week when you should only sit in your car if you really have to. Don’t forget that the city has about 20 million, yes million! residents, and the roads weren’t designed to cope with such huge number of people and cars. Anyway, during …

Kasuwan Magani

  Bought a bottle of cold drink from an vendor on the Kasuwan Magani market, between Kajuru and Kaduna. The vendor invited me to enter the hut. It was nice to sit in and chill on a bench after the whole day walk and hike. Just like many spots in the country, this small hut was also multifunctional. It served as a tiny community place where people sat in to talk and have a refreshing drink, and looks like if you needed a tailor, this was your lucky spot as well.