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dia de los muertos 2010

altars, originally uploaded by hep.

hello new efriends! my name is hep. if you want to know more about me (it will make it easier to follow along, i promise) head over to this tag and start from the bottom up. the bottom entry has the most important info.

the cliffnotes version is: i post a lot of pictures. i thought about easing you all into it, but i always prefer the trial by fire route myself. so have 1000jpgs to clutter up your flist. they are pretty i swear.

these are obviously from the dia de los muertos parade in san francisco this year. it is fitting that i post them today, as it is the annv. of my brother's death. it has been a very very long time now, well over 20yrs, so no need for condolences. i just found it amusing that the day i found time to finally sit down and edit these images was today.

funny story about this year's parade shooting, shortly before going out my contact lens tore (i wear daily disposables) and part of it slid up to the top of my eye under my eyelid where i couldn't reach. i knew it would work its way out eventually, however i couldn't wear another lens until it was out. so i was totally unable to focus for the evening (i tend to manual focus always, many of my lenses, and certainly almost everything in the bag i had already packed, was MF). I was able to focus a bit by feel, but I definitely missed the bulk of the evening until I switched lenses.

So I decided to shoot on front curtain sync mode for the evening (where the flash fires at the front of a long exposure/slow shutter speed). I couldn't really see beyond a blur anyway (barely enough to compose) so it seemed to be a workable solution that still allowed me to salvage something of the night. and it really helped give the compositions a dreamy ghostlike look.

the parade itself was nice this year. less drunks than most years. less annoying culturally appropriative hipsters, or at least i was able to tune them out. i was able to bring the plaque of lost ironworkers again this year, updated for 2009-2010.

this is always the time of year i miss my grandparents the most. for those who don't know, my maternal grandparents pretty much raised me in my young childhood. it was a very traditional bay area hispanic household, and ddlm was one of the cultural holidays we celebrated the most. my grandmother celebrated it the way her family had in new mexico, very much a more festival style than the parade style of san francisco. when we were older in our teens, we would go to the fruitvale ddlm festival in oakland. it was easier to get to for the east bay relatives in our enormous family.

this year i was able to leave something for someone who passed away recently, odb from ed.

anyways it was a wonderful time. now i am too tired to write anymore. enjoy some pictures! altars:

paper cranes and the wall of remembrances:

more altars:

the children in their makeup after the parade:

did anyone else celebrate this year?

After our death conversation a little while ago, I'm happy to see these photos. Thanks for sharing!
I'd rather celebrate this than halloween. must find adoptive mexican family!

pictures are great, as always :) thanks for sharing!
it was easier to get to for the east bay relatives in our enormous family.

Aw! Our family gatherings used to be like this.
less annoying culturally appropriative hipsters

srs question, how do you tell the difference? Seems like the makeup and the outfits would make it difficult to discern. But I've never been to a dia de los muertos thing that had hipsters so idk.
I am so lame. I didn't even know they had ddlm parades here. I would love to see one someday, although I kind of say one here at your post. So, Thanks!
Just catching up and your photos are so amazing. They are really the highlight of my day. Fantastic!