Mayra’s transformation from housewife to witch is dramatic. Others had spoken to me about her but I didn’t believe them, so I had to see for myself. I’m not particularly religious myself, but after speaking to her and insisting, she invited me to a ceremony in which her husband acted as her assistant.
I visited her home several times but her clients were not particularly interested in having a photographer there. My curiosity for the subject started to increase so I had to be patient. Usually people involved in the Afro-Cuban Santeria religion are very camera shy and do not allow their rites to be documented. Because of that I feel privileged to have gained access to document some of these interesting occurrences.
There are a handful of photos, although nothing dramatic. Most of her clients are middle-aged, which I found interesting. I wonder if Santeria is losing its appeal, or if it simply is a matter older people feeling more need for help? (Or maybe it is simply that this particular santera appeals mainly to middle-aged people?)