The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that focuses on remembering friends and family that have passed away. The celebration usually takes place on October 31, November 1 and 2 to coincide with All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day and All Souls Day.

One of the traditions is the face painting and that’s what I mainly went to capture at the Dia de Los Muertos celebration at Old Town.

Dia De La Muerte / 2013

There were lots of different face painting areas set up all over Old Town but my favorite was this woman working on the South end of the main street. I photographed with my D4 and the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens and the SB-900 Speedlight to help with evening out the light.

Dia De La Muerte / 2013

Dia De La Muerte / 2013

Dia De La Muerte / 2013

I spent a few hours walking around just watching the people. It really was a fascinating afternoon, but I still hadn’t come across that one shot. you know, the one shot that sums it all up. I was looking for a face, one that would sum up the day. That’s when I saw one of the woman handing out candles for the final procession walk. She had the face that I was looking for. I took a few photos of her as she moved around the table, then she looked up and right at me.

Dia De La Muerte / 2013

I am very happy with this shot. But that doesn’t mean I stopped shooting and packed up. I knew I had the shot I wanted but that didn’t mean that there was nothing else to photograph.

Dia De La Muerte / 2013

Dia De La Muerte / 2013

Dia De La Muerte / 2013

 

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