Day of the Dead, Part Two! – iDia de los Muertos, Parte Dos!

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This was taken at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery during Dia de los Muertos on 27 October 2012.  You can see more photos from this on my Virtual Photo Album.  Act quickly, though, there’s only a few weeks until the end of the world!

If you are into photography and wish to know how to create this antique look with sloppy borders, it’s really not difficult.  Have a look at my blog to learn how.

When I process these photos, I feel like I never know what I am going to get until I am finished. Some photos take in an especially potent emotional quality when processed into a photo that looks like an antique. Others simply don’t work, and I’ll typically leave them off even if it is a good photo. But that said, often, it’s the portaits of people in face paint that work out best.

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is about gathering families and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. Although this usually corresponds with the Catholic holiday All Saints’ Day on November 1 and 2, Hollywood Forever held it beforehand. Traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased, using sugar skulls and the favorite foods, beverages, and affects of the departed.

Historians trace the origins to indigenous observances 2500-3000 years ago ago as well as to an Aztec festival dedicated to a goddess called Mictecacihuatl.

Equipment:  Nikon D7000, Tokina AT-X 116



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