Smiles on their tiny faces. Excitement in their brightly lit eyes. A growing joy in their little hearts. Carefully marching down the cobbled stone steps of the church; in their grasps - happily colored envelopes. Each one to his/her own. Inside, were their names. Inside, were their aspirations. Inside, were their souls... to be sent up to heaven by way of balloon....
And when the clock struck twelve, and the church bells rung, they let go...
These photos were taken yesterday at Moncalieri in front of the church of S. Maria Della Scala. The event was part of the initiation rite of Catechism Classes for the school year.
The short story behind these shots...
A crowd of parents and children were gathering in front of the piazza with the balloons in hand, and I knew something was up. That's when I pulled out my camera and took the first shot. I wanted to hang around to see what would happen, but my family was on it's way to have lunch at a nearby restaurant. Needless to say, the restaurant was away from the scene. I reluctantly went...knowing that I was going to miss a very special sight (special because I had never witnessed a group of people let fly balloons into the air all at once). By a stroke of luck, the restaurant was full. So I quickly ran back to the piazza and got there just in time to witness the event, and get a few shots of it. The whole thing made me happy. Well, balloons make me happy...so yeah.
Here's the second shot... in black and white.
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Oh and this is my first submission for Color Carnival at: