2017 Good Friday Procession in Little Italy

Good Friday was busy for me this year. With the good weather, the Ontario Cycling Association had their inaugural race for the season: the Good Friday Road Race in the Ancaster Fairgrounds. And there was also the Good Friday Procession in Little Italy in Toronto. I attended both. The cycling race started at 8:30 in the morning. An album of those images is available on Facebook here: Good Friday Road Race on Facebook

After the race, I raced myself to Toronto from Hamilton. Unfortunately I missed the podiums as well as some races of other friends. On the other hand I did make it to Toronto and unlike last year, the weather was fantastic and most of the preparations for the procession happened outside.

I took photos with both my Leica M6 shooting Efke 100 and Rollei Retro 400s film and with my Leica M. I used the 28mm Elmarit and 35mm and 75mm Summicrons. The black and white images were on film and the color images are digital.

This was my first experience shooting Efke. I found it to be a great general purpose film and developed it in HC110 together with a roll of the very different Rollei Retro 400s. Efke is no longer manufactured, but I did buy ten expired rolls for a great price on eBay. The Rollei Retro 400s is a film I used before and it’s great in cloudy, low contrast conditions, but it’s inherent contrast makes it harsh under bright sun.

Overall, Good Friday was a good Friday photographically. The images are a nice record, but I thought none of them were particularly impactful. Alas, not every image is going to be a decisive moment.

On Good Friday few businesses are open, but bakeries and cafes are one of the few that are. Leica M6, Efke 100, HC110(B), 12 min
Window shopping on Good Friday in Little Italy in Toronto. Leica M6, Efke 100, HC110(B), 12 min
Preparation are underway for the annual Good Friday procession in Little Italy in Toronto. One of the parishoners is dressed as a Jewish priest. Leica M6, Efke 100, HC110(B), 12 min
Preparation are underway for the annual Good Friday procession in Little Italy in Toronto. Two of the parishoners donning Italian police uniforms. Leica M6, Efke 100, HC110(B), 12 min
Preparation are underway for the annual Good Friday procession in Little Italy in Toronto. Two of the Jesus’ getting into costume in the church basement. Leica M6, Rollei Retro 400s, HC110(B), 12 min
Preparation are underway for the annual Good Friday procession in Little Italy in Toronto. Two of the Jesus’ getting into costume in the church basement. Leica M6, Rollei Retro 400s, HC110(B), 12 min
Preparation are underway for the annual Good Friday procession in Little Italy in Toronto. One of the Jesus’ with his son before the start of the processions. Leica M6, Rollei Retro 400s, HC110(B), 12 min
Preparation are underway for the annual Good Friday procession in Little Italy in Toronto. One of the many photographers shooting the preparation, who also happened to be capturing the event on film. Leica M6, Efke 100, HC110(B), 12 min
Preparations are underway for the Good Friday procession in Little Italy in Toronto. Leica M
Preparations are underway for the Good Friday procession in Little Italy in Toronto. One of several Jesus’ in the procession. Leica M
Preparations are underway for the Good Friday procession in Little Italy in Toronto. A group of photographers photographing one of the Jesus’. Leica M
Preparations are underway for the Good Friday procession in Little Italy in Toronto. Two of the parishoners dressed as a Jewish priest and Roman soldier waiting for the procession to begin. Leica M
Preparations are underway for the Good Friday procession in Little Italy in Toronto. Two of the parishoners dressed as some of the women who followed Jesus to the crucifiction. Leica M
Preparations are underway for the Good Friday procession in Little Italy in Toronto. Members of one fo the bands waiting for the procession to begin. Leica M
Preparations are underway for the Good Friday procession in Little Italy in Toronto. Parishoners dressed as Mary, mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalane waiting for the start of the procession. Leica M
Preparations are underway for the Good Friday procession in Little Italy in Toronto. Leica M
Preparations are underway for the Good Friday procession in Little Italy in Toronto. Two parishoners in Roman guard costume waiting for the start of the procession. Leica M
Preparations are underway for the Good Friday procession in Little Italy in Toronto. Some of the other criminals who were crucified alongside Jesus. Leica M
Preparations are underway for the Good Friday procession in Little Italy in Toronto. Leica M
Preparations are underway for the Good Friday procession in Little Italy in Toronto. The front of the procession. Leica M
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