La Maya Tradition by Daniel Ochoa de Olza

Daniel Ochoa de Olza was born the son of a writer and an art history teacher in Pamplona. His interest turned from painting to photography in 2001 when he started studying artistic photography in Pamplona and later in Barcelona. As a photographer, Daniel has covered a variety of breaking news and features. He is especially interested in ethnography.

Young girls between the age of 7 and 11 are chosen every year as 'Maya' for the 'Las Mayas', a festival derived from pagan rites celebrating the arrival of spring, in the town of Colmenar Viejo, Spain. The girls are required to sit still for a couple of hours in a decorated altar.

All photos by Daniel Ochoa de Olza