The Moss Men By David Vintiner & Gemma Fletcher
- Jessica Jungbauer
Ever since they first saw some television images from a Corpus Christi procession in Spain, photographer David Vintiner and art director Gemma Fletcher wanted to document the festival of ‘El Hombre de Musgo’ in a photo series. Since 1397, the so-called ‘Moss Men’ are walking around the small town of Béjar, Spain once a year.
According to the two collaborating artists, the story goes like this: “The Christian population reconquered the town from the ‘Moros’ by completely covering themselves in moss. Camouflaged, they then crawled through the surrounding landscape unseen by the lookouts on the city walls. When they finally got close to the city gates their sudden, horrific appearance completely surprised the guards.”