Sweets & Shrines – Day of the Dead, Lake Patzcuaro, Mexico

This time two year ago I was in the Michoacán province of Mexico, photographing the details and ceremonies of the Day of the Dead festivities. Held every year on the 1st of November, Dia de los Muertos is a time for families and friends to come together and remember the dead. We hired a guide to take out during the night and visit the graveyards where families gathered for graveside vigils. I felt a little uncomfortable poking a camera into peoples faces but it was fascinating to see, most of the pictures below are of the Dia de los Muertos paraphernalia I came across during the trip, its a topic I’d like to revisit again sometime, perhaps concentrating on portraits of the younger generation all dressed up.

Dia de los Muertos Souvenirs, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

Dia de los Muertos Souvenirs, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

Dia de los Muertos Souvenirs, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

Dia de los Muertos Souvenirs, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

Dia de los Muertos Altar, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

Dia de los Muertos Altar, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

Dia de Muertos Souvenirs, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

Dia de Muertos Souvenirs, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

Dia de los Muertos Costumes, Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

Dia de los Muertos Costumes, Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

Dia de los Muertos Celebrations, Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

Dia de los Muertos Celebrations, Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

Pelota Phurépecha aka Wuarukua (Fire Hockey), Dia de los Muertos Celebrations, Jarácuaro, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

Pelota Phurépecha aka Wuarukua (Fire Hockey), Dia de los Muertos Celebrations, Jarácuaro, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

Pelota Phurépecha aka Wuarukua (Fire Hockey), Dia de los Muertos Celebrations, Jarácuaro, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

Pelota Phurépecha aka Wuarukua (Fire Hockey), Dia de los Muertos Celebrations, Jarácuaro, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

Pelota Phurépecha aka Wuarukua (Fire Hockey), Dia de los Muertos Celebrations, Jarácuaro, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

Pelota Phurépecha aka Wuarukua (Fire Hockey), Dia de los Muertos Celebrations, Jarácuaro, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

Dia de los Muertos Celebrations, Tzurumutaro, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

Dia de los Muertos Celebrations, Tzurumutaro, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

Dia de los Muertos Celebrations, Tzurumutaro, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

Dia de los Muertos Celebrations, Tzurumutaro, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

La Santa Muerte Altar, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

La Santa Muerte Altar, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

La Santa Muerte Altar, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

La Santa Muerte Altar, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

La Santa Muerte Altar, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

La Santa Muerte Altar, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

La Santa Muerte Altar, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

La Santa Muerte Altar, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

La Santa Muerte Altar, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

La Santa Muerte Altar, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

La Santa Muerte Altar, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

La Santa Muerte Altar, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

La Santa Muerte Altar, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

La Santa Muerte Altar, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

La Santa Muerte Altar, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

La Santa Muerte Altar, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

La Santa Muerte Altar, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

La Santa Muerte Altar, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

La Santa Muerte Altar, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

La Santa Muerte Altar, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

La Santa Muerte Altar, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

La Santa Muerte Altar, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

La Santa Muerte Altar, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

La Santa Muerte Altar, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

La Santa Muerte Altar, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

La Santa Muerte Altar, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

Dia de los Muertos Decorations, Uricho, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

Dia de los Muertos Decorations, Uricho, Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

Catrina Dolls. Capula, Michoacán, Mexico

Catrina Dolls. Capula, Michoacán, Mexico

Catrina Dolls. Capula, Michoacán, Mexico

Catrina Dolls. Capula, Michoacán, Mexico

Girl dressed as a Catrina, Dia de los Muertos Celebrations, Capula, Michoacán, Mexico

Girl dressed as a Catrina, Dia de los Muertos Celebrations, Capula, Michoacán, Mexico

Lathmar Holi in Nandagaon Temple, Uttar Pradesh, India: Part Three

Earlier this month I travelled to Nandagaon from Mathura to shoot the Holi celebrations that this small town is famous for. After the throwing of paint and powder at the Radha temple the Shepherds from neighbouring Barsana gather with shields … Continue reading

On Location – Holi Festival, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, Northern India

I’m away in India at the moment, travelled here late February to cover the Holi celebrations. Here is a sneak preview of the portraits I shot over the course of the festivities in Mathura, Vrindavan and Nandagaon. Will have the … Continue reading