One of my favorite traditions to photograph in Mexico is Dia de Los Muertos. This year, since our streets in Pozos are undergoing major construction, many events had to be canceled. So, I spent a couple of days in San Miguel de Allende and photographed the various calacas and Catrinas that are abundant during Dia de Los Muertos and the annual La Calaca Festival. A rainstorm put a damper (literally) on the events later that night, but the rain held off until the end of the Catrina parade. Check out more of my images by viewing my story on Steller:
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On Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), I styled a photo shoot with two young women who are also good friends. I did all the make-up myself and chose a location here in Mineral de Pozos, Mexico. The San Pedro ruins provided the perfect backdrop for my shoot. Alejandra and Malenii were terrific models. My previous post shows the medium format color images from the shoot. This post features the digital infrared images using a Supercolor IR filter.
These images are available as fine art prints and licensing.
Camera: Nikon D300 (IR conversion)Editing Software: Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop
November 1st is All Saints Day or El Dia de Todos los Santos in Mexico. The deceased children (little angels) are remembered on November 1st with toys and colorful balloons adorning their graves. In Pozos, on this day, the children dress up in costumes and go to various homes to collect candy, much like Halloween night in the USA. A group of us gathered at the home of a friend with bags of candy and greeting the children. There were many more children than we expected and we ran out of candy. I photographed them as they came into the entry to collect their sweets.
Today is the annual celebration of Día de los Muertos in Mexico. I’m sad that I’m not there to take part in and document the festivities this year. Instead, I’d like to pay homage to this unique cultural event though images I’ve shot during Day of the Dead during my travels in Mexico over the years.
Dedicated to my brother, Tommy and my mother-in-law, Bettye.