Broken Light: A Photography Collective

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Day of the Dead

Photo taken by Tom, a 30-year-old English photographer who has traveled extensively through South East Asia as well as South & Central America. He worked for a year at a special needs school, which was an eye opener and he thinks back to it more these days now that he is a father. There were many people there who dealt with mental health issues among other problems. He especially remembers a girl who was quadriplegic and would blink once for yes and twice for no, yet he could still talk for long periods about all sorts of things. Her strength and determination through adversity is an inspiration to us all.

About this photo: “I spent the most incredible night of my life visiting the graveyards around Morelia during Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Mexico. I was touched at how friendly and happy the people were, while camped around the graves of their loved ones.”


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2 comments on “Day of the Dead

  1. tauromaja
    September 18, 2012

    I’ve always wanted to go to Patzcuaro to see the Day of the Dead. I feel a little uneasy when tourist actually go and pose with decorated gravestones but it is a beautiful celebration.


  2. lowellboardman2012
    November 11, 2012

    It is a beautiful celebration and a remarkably different view of death. Here it is embraced for one day a year as a way of remembering and honoring the dead.


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