Day of the Dead in Oaxaca Impressions

November 2, 2013

I’m in the Mexican town of Oaxaca, where Day of the Dead celebrations are currently taking place. I’ve never witnessed Dia de los Muertos before, so it’s all been very fascinating to me.

During the day, people pay their respects to the dead at cemeteries by arranging flowers, cleaning the tombstones, re-painting the lettering, etc. At night, we followed a brass band through those same cemeteries, and ended up at a big fun fair that was just adjacent to one. What a wonderful celebration of life and death.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from last night.





  1. Callie Reply January 9, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Hi! I love your website! I just wanted to comment because these photos to me are just so striking because I think you really seemed to capture the ambience of the night. I’m really impressed with your photography and am wondering what kind of camera and lens you used? It seems like your camera worked really well in such low lighting and lots of movement. Thanks a ton, Callie xx

    • Marek Reply January 9, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      Hey Callie. Thank you! I shot these photos on my old Canon 550D. I used a 50mm f1.4 prime lens specifically for its low light performance. You can often find 35mm or 50mm f1.8 lenses for pretty cheap, and if you have a newer camera than I used here, more of your photos might be sharp too 🙂 (Getting the autofocus to latch on was pretty challenging with these shots and many came out blurry!)

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