La Tomatina

These images were created from photographs I shot at the ‘La Tomatina’ tomato throwing fiesta which is held annually in Buñol, Spain.

I had expected polite ‘red snowballs’ but was unprepared for the irreverent chaotic and violent nature of the event. Many participants were simply swept up in the chaos and the crush (no pun intended), often succumbing to the impossibility of being able to move, much less protect themselves from flying tomatoes. I was interested in exploring images that portrayed the intensity, violence and occasional hopelessness of  what I witnessed.