Monday, May 21, 2012

Dia de los Muertos




Mexican Day of the Dead altar details at the Frida Kahlo: Her Photos exhibition, Lisbon
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33 comments:

VP said...

A feast of colors and fantasy!

Olivier said...

les marionnettes sont superbes, de tres belle creation

Dina said...

Seeing a colorful skull--a first for me!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I really enjoy these images. I think it's nice that people pay tribute to the dead in festive and colorful ways.

Sylvia K said...

It is indeed a festive way to pay tribute to the dead. I enjoyed similar celebrations in Mexico and Spain when I lived there. Terrific, colorful captures, JM!

ladyfi said...

Those devils are amazing. Such a colourful festivity.

Rob and Mandy said...

Groovy!

RedPat said...

I think that show is coming here in the fall - or another similar show. I can hardly wait!

cieldequimper said...

He he, that's me in the third pic, lol. That's how I feel tonight! :)

Gemma Wiseman said...

The Day of the Dead must be an exotic feast of bright colour! Incredible figurines in the first photo!

NixBlog said...

It's a great way of demystifying death and making it part of everyday life... Great shots, Jose!

orvokki said...

A little different type of party as we have.

Beautifull colorfull, but a bit terrible and scurry.. :)
Greetings
orvokki

Andrew said...

Sounds fascinating... and looks wonderful.

La Principessa Errante said...

My favorite holiday, I am a very big collector of Dia de Los Muertos folk art. Love seeing these.

Randy said...

This is awesome. You can find it all over town here.

Jack said...

I think I am going to have nightmares . . .

Bob Crowe said...

I did not know that she was a photographer as well - have to look this up. We visited her and Rivera's home in Mexico City once, now her museum. It's spectacular.

Madge Bloom said...

Nicely shot, but creepy!

Ann said...

this is a tradition that I really like, welcoming back the spirits of the departed. Would like to see it.

bailey-road.com said...

I love those marionettes!

Cezar and Léia said...

Uma exposiçao interessante cheia de ótimos detalhes e cores , spots pra fotografar e suas fotos estão maravilhosas.Adorei o primeiro detalhe! :)
abraços
Léia

JM said...

@Bob: I also visited Frida's Blue House in Coyoacán, it's fantastic!

Joan Elizabeth said...

I don't know if these are gruesome or funny!

Nicola Carpenter said...

Beautiful!

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Kay said...

Day of the Dead was a more common event in California. I can't see marigolds without thinking of it as they are a big part of the altars I've seen.

Deb said...

Interesting post and very colourful.

Francisca said...

No mournfulness at this Day of the Dead altar! Viva los Muertes! ;-P That must have been one incredible photo exhibition!

Stickup Artist said...

I love Dia de los Muertos. There's a big Dia de los Muertos festival at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery every year around Halloween and it's wonderful, but so popular it is quite overcrowded. Still, it's not to be missed.

Julie said...

I like Frida, and I like this as a museum exhibit. But ...

I don't think it brings me closer to the mysteries of death and dying. I don't think it represents the true nature of death. Acutally, for me, it more represents our false approach to death as we try to deny its essential truth. There is a massive dichotomy here, isn;t there. Death dressed to kill!

Shaun_ShutterBug said...

Arrr. Day of the Dead celebrations. I have a full leg / thigh tattoo commemorating this festival. Stunning images.

Nathalie said...

So you have Dia de los Muertos traditions in Portugal too? That's interesting. None of that in France.

JM said...

@Nathalie: No, we haven't, this is just an exhibition. :-)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Never has a skull looked so pretty JM!!