Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Bolivia

From the 2nd to 5th of February every year the quiet lakeside town of Copacabana comes alive with thousands of pilgrims and revellers, celebrating the patron saint of Bolivia; The Virgin of Candelaria. I was lucky enough to be there two years ago and here are a few of my favourite pictures.

Dancers in traditional costume, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancers in traditional costume, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancers in traditional costume, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancers in traditional costume, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancers in traditional costume, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancers in traditional costume, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancers in traditional costume, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancers in traditional costume, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Musicians, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Musicians, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancer in traditional costume, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancer in traditional costume, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancer in traditional costume, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancer in traditional costume, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancers in traditional costume, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancers in traditional costume, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancers in traditional costume, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancers in traditional costume, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancer in traditional costume, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancer in traditional costume, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancers in traditional costume, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancers in traditional costume, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Musicians, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Musicians, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancers in traditional costume, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancers in traditional costume, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancers in traditional costume, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancers in traditional costume, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancers in traditional dress, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancers in traditional dress, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancers in traditional dress, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancers in traditional dress, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancers in traditional dress, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancers in traditional dress, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Festival reveller, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Festival reveller, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancers in traditional dress having a break, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancers in traditional dress having a break, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancers in traditional dress, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Dancers in traditional dress, Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

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

La Corrida de toros – Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Copacabana, Bolivia

I’ve watched Bullfights in Spain and Mexico but the thing i liked about Bolivian bullfights is that the bull isn’t hurt or killed, the only weapon used against the beast is a water pistol. These bullfights pictured marked the end … Continue reading

Notting Hill Carnival 2013

Notting Hill Carnival 2012, West London, England, UK

All that colour and noise, on this grey, cold December day it seems a world away. I’m catching up with all my personal work this month, and have finally got my photography from this years Notting Hill Carnival edited. Here … Continue reading