Used as a disguise or to enhance a performance, worn as protection or to honor the gods and the spirits during a ritual, masks have always been perceived as something extraordinary, both hauntingly beautiful and a little bit eerie. Photographed by Claudia Goetzelmann out in the back land of San Francisco, the fabulous masks created by Lucien Shaprio (lucienshapiro.com) out of recycled materials put the use of disregarded treasures in perspective, as nothing is ever what it seems.

the ritual

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The Ritual by Claudia Goetzelmann
The Ritual by Claudia Goetzelmann
The Ritual by Claudia Goetzelmann
The Ritual by Claudia Goetzelmann
The Ritual by Claudia Goetzelmann
The Ritual by Claudia Goetzelmann
The Ritual by Claudia Goetzelmann
The Ritual by Claudia Goetzelmann
The Ritual by Claudia Goetzelmann
The Ritual by Claudia Goetzelmann
The Ritual by Claudia Goetzelmann
The Ritual by Claudia Goetzelmann

With each mask an intricate story made out of bits and pieces that have no seeming connection, the rituals happening on the bare land where the sun burns down hot gain a mystical quality.

Modeled by DeeDee Brown and styled by Jessica Anton, with hair and make-up by Ericka Taniguchi, you can discover the complete photo shoot at the gallery.

For more photography by Claudia Goetzelmann visit her website at this link.

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