Voodoo, the world of the Invisible
It was in Togo and Benin that Voodoo was born, but from the 17th century, enslaved blacks spread voodoo worship in America and the Caribbean. For historians, the immense suffering of slaves deported to America is undoubtedly at the origin of the transformation of Voodoo on the American continent, towards practices more related to witchcraft or Satanism.
In the African tradition, Voodoo is about rites mixing praying songs and dances to connect with the deities and spirits of the ancestors.
Voodoo refers to all the gods or invisible forces whose men try to reconcile power or benevolence.
It is the affirmation of a supernatural world, a cult to the spirit of the World of the Invisible. At each opening, the priest voodoo asks the help of the spirit of Papa Legba to open the doors of both worlds.
Author: Patrick Desgraupes is a French photographer. He has trained on the job in different Parisian studios and in labs, in which he acquired an understanding of light, one of the strong traits of his current works
His work has been published since 2004 at Editions de la Martinière in numerous magazines and brochures. He become recognized as a large format landscape photographers (4x5 inches large format camera), and his work has been published in the USA and in seven European countries. He has made numerous exhibitions in Iceland, Belgium, France for the National Parks of France and the Ministry of Ecology, in Slovenia, on the island of Reunion and in Guadeloupe.
He currently lives and works in France.