The Mercato delle Gaite is a medieval festival held in Bevagna, Italy every year in June. The four quarters of the town each perform competitive re-enactments which incorporate a number of historical forms: crafts, gastronomy, and a street market.
A theatrical story spoken in the language of the period, between 1250 and 1350, is dramatised in these re-enactments. Each competition is judged by expert specialists of the period.
I was fortunate to be given permission to follow the judges and take photographs during the competition of the festival of 2011. This collection of photos aims to illustrate the experience of these performances and celebrates the extent of young and old who participate in this wonderful event.
Ian Macrae has been a film director and photographer for over 35 years. His photographs are held in various private collections in Australia and Europe. Ian trained at Prahran Art School in Melbourne majoring in Painting and Photography. His principal career has been as a film director specializing in visual special effects and together with his wife Andy as producer, they ran their own film company for many years in Melbourne. Ian has maintained his interest in photography since art school and held an exhibition in 1999 called Pure, consisting of photographs, predominantly landscapes. In 2000 Ian and Andy spent a year living in Italy, in a small town called Bevagna situated in the centre of Umbria. Since then they regularly travel back to Italy where they make a point of discovering new places they have not seen and finding interesting photographic opportunities. In 2008 Ian had an exhibition at Forty Five Downstairs Melbourne and also in Italy 2012.
Sculpture Coast 2014 Ian Macrae Published July 16, 2014
mercato delle gaite 2011/large version Published September 06, 2012
Sculpture Coast 2011 Published August 19, 2012
Sculpture Coast Published November 09, 2009