The history of Catharism – a contra-Catholic, dualistic belief that there are two gods, a good one and a bad one – is many centuries old and my first impression was that all that remains of it are these crumpled castles perched on rocks that you see everywhere.
But underneath the surface of everyday life, the Cathar philosophy still exists today and is loosely linked with the Catalan mentality. The people of this region are proud and stubborn and they love their traditions and heritage. Many are the cultural festivals and reenactments that address the mysterious Cathar history.
I like to visit the smaller, less touristic festivals because they are less polished and there is more freedom to move around and get involved. I keep an eye out for candid and more spontaneous situations. By keeping my camera very close to my eyes, I can react instantly.
With so much happening around me, I always work with a wide angle lens with a zoom, for example a 20-35mm or a 28-70mm. Zooming in is much faster than getting closer and gives a higher chance of catching the right moment.