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By mac
Rejoneador is the name given to a bullfighter who fights the bull on horseback. The rejoneador shouldn't be confused with the picador, who is just an assistant of the matador. The rejoneo is a form of bullfighting in Portugal and in Spanish bullfighting. The idea is to weaken the bull before the matador takes over. It involves very skilful horse riding.
I do not condone this but was invited to attend a bullfight in Barcelona and as I had my camera with me the temptation was too much so took a few pictures. This was photographed in 1973 on Kodachrome transparency film and scanned to digital format. I believe now that bullfighting is not so popular in Spain.
Please judge it on the photograph rather than the cruelty of the sport. I keep using “sport” but cannot think of another word to use!

Tags: Spain Photo journalism Monochrome Bullfighting

Voters: rambler, pablophotographer, mike9005 and 13 more


pablophotographer 8 1.3k 353
5 Oct 2019 1:39AM
Ole, ole!
Is this a proper 3:2 film frame?
It looks cropped to me -
(No problemo with that).
If we consider that the given transparency film (and quite unforgiving) is only 64ASA and notice the freezing of the actions and the motions this frame is a strike of genius!
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5 Oct 2019 2:42AM
Words fail me that this " sport " occurs! David
5 Oct 2019 6:31AM
Great action and shadow Ian. “Sport”- it is not and this image highlights the cruelty involved.
5 Oct 2019 7:24AM
dudler Plus
16 973 1536 England
5 Oct 2019 8:32AM
How about the word 'spectacle'?

I think it would be interesting to know if anyone has done serious work on the psychology of this sort of thing - another term (courtesy of a friend who is involved in kinky photography) is 'non-consensual sadism'.

I recognise the difficult decision that you had to make, Ian, and I endorse your shooting, and then posting. If we don't ever see it, we can pretend it's not there.
cats_123 Plus
15 4.9k 29 Northern Ireland
5 Oct 2019 8:41AM
The Snowflake society might one day take the Spanish government to task on this. Personally think it's cruel, but like fox hunting, there was always an original purpose...we are perhaps a little wider now?

Great photography 😁
saltireblue Plus
9 9.9k 37 Norway
5 Oct 2019 8:58AM
Ian, I find it impossible to comment on the shot as I find this activity abhorrent.
Chinga Plus
9 3 1 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2019 10:20AM
Drama and shadows... Good shot !!
Isabel GrinGrin
5 Oct 2019 10:40AM
It is a very good action shot Ian. But i dont like this activity either.
bliba Plus
13 2 Austria
5 Oct 2019 5:42PM
An excellent photography

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