These costaleras carry the weight of a paso (float) upon which is a statue of Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza del Calvario. Costaleras are those tasked with carrying the weight of the paso and its statue, sometimes more than a few hundred pounds. It’s not just carrying it but they practice for weeks in advance of Semana Santa in learning to carry the weight, walk together in step, turn in tight narrow streets, and how to carefully raise or lower this holy weight. These pictured are women who are honored to participate in this event, where just decades ago it was forbidden, being just a male-dominated role. Things are changing in Spain. Captured in Rota, Spain with Canon EOS 7D with a Canon 50mm EF f1.4 lens handheld.