Graveyard Gypsies: photo editorial

“The thing about rising is we have to continue upward: the thing about going beyond is we have to keep going.” – Cheryl Strayed

Here at TCP, we enjoy dabbling in the dark & twisty.

Our latest editorial was born from a Bulgarian myth called Nestinarstvo, where locals dance on burning coals to celebrate life and death and perseverance. Despite all logic and fear, they step with fire beneath their feet, until they have lost themselves in their own rhythm. Is it foolish? Is it willpower? Is it some form of magic? With this idea building a home in our imaginations, we made Montreal’s Mont-Royal cemetery our location. Its haunting  hills are equal parts ghostly and equal parts beautiful. As our contributors Radina Papukchieva and Sophia Trozzo play the role of graveyard gypsies, they explore the myth’s encompassing ideas – fluidity, dance, transience, life, death, ghosts, finite movement, infinite wonder – all without the burning coals, of course.

Click on the first photo to start the slideshow.


Models: Radina Papukchieva, Sophia Trozzo

Photos & write-up: Sophia Loffreda


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