One of the reasons I have the childrens’ blog of Pablo the Beetle, is to digg deeper into the Mexican culture. I am happy I succeeded to find a child and her family to follow them during several days at the important event Day of the Dead.
Following people so close is such a different experience. It includes a lot of waiting and let go of control. OMG, the last thing wasn’t easy for me! But I enjoyed the warmth and kindness of the Mexicans, which attracted me so many years ago. Especially after so many Mexicans taking advantages of this ‘Gringa’! Calling me this does make me angry. They consider me an American just of my white skin. I’m always fast in shouting ‘Soy Europeana’!
It’s hard to share these 4 days briefly. Loads of impressions and feelings stroke me. One of the things that hit me the most was their real believe of the death family members visiting them.
Every 1st of November there’s a strong wind around 3pm. Their sign of the souls moving back to their houses. I was inside so I didn’t notice the wind. But all the family members were excited that they felt the wind and their loved-ones where back with them. I sat their next to them and the impressive altar. Watching them drinking tequila and beers, cheering on the death family. They never considered me as a foreigner. And they had no idea how honoured I felt being able to share this moment. My camera was quiet for a while, out of respect.
I finally managed to go through the images of Dia de Muertos… I remembered some weird situations. People wearing masks covered with other masks… A man shooting firework in his bare hand… A bursting musician after playing 12 hours…
I used my Canon 5DII most of the time to take pictures. But from time to time I switched to video. You can check out some impressions in this small video. Another video will be available later.
Yesterday was the first night for Mexicans to spend on the cemetery with drinks, music and family. Just a few shots to let you enjoy.
Oaxaca has been very alive since last night… a lot of tourists (with camera’s) and a lot of parades (comparsas) popping up from each corner of the city. I just keep on shooting and I am getting into memory problems to back-up all the pictures. The hardest work will be back at home, make the final selection and retouching. But for now I keep on hunting the festivities with my camera!
After a few relaxing days of research, we got thrown into the comparsas (parades) in Oaxaca. A lot of music, alcohol and dressed-up people having fun on the streets. That’s what a like :) And the first boy, being Michael Jackson, so hilarious!
The last two days I spent a lot of time and money on vocho taxi’s… I got more stories and videos “on the road”! While hiding from the rain, my eye catched this taxi. Only one week left and the whole country gets crazy about Dia de Muertos! I was laughing out loud in the rain, holding my Canon 5DII after shooting this video!