About Dane

Ethnographic Photography of Central Mexico and Beyond

I’m a bilingual photographer living in Jalisco, Mexico, and carrying out personal projects that represent the culture of Mexico as seen from the point of view of those living here.

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The Work

Photo Series of Mexico

My primary photographic subject is Mexico, where I’ve been living since 2010, documenting its life and culture through personal photography projects.

Kids pretend to be living marionettes while riding on the back of a moving float during the wacky 2015 New Year's Day Parade in Ajijic, Mexico. The New Year's Day parade is a newer addition to the town's many annual fiestas and religious processions. This one is a bit different as it's often a hodgepodge of various contemporary and traditional themes from Mexico and abroad.

40 Blocks in A Mexican Pueblo

If there’s one truth about the world which is perceptible to us on a daily basis, it’s that the living planet, and our human experience of it, is full of differences and perpetual change. For inexplicable reasons, many languages developed over history instead of just...

The Masked Zayacos of Ajijic, Mexico

Mexico is a land bursting with culture and traditions, some dating back thousands of years. Despite a constant bombardment of external influences, from Spanish invaders to its present-day neighbors to the north, the country’s customs remain a part of everyday life for many people, especially...
Chapala, Jalisco. Panteón municipal.

Inside the Graveyard Mausoleums of Mexico

In Mexico, the dead might be gone, but they are rarely forgotten. A three-day national holiday, Día de Muertos, exists just to remember them and welcome them back to the world of the living each year. And as cremation is not common here, there are...
The Aztec Dancers

The Aztec Dancers

Today’s modern day pre-Hispanic dancers of Mexico are keeping alive a tradition which even the Spanish conquerors couldn’t eradicate 500 years ago: a version of the mitote dance once performed for the Aztec gods, but which now leads the most important Mexican holiday processions for...
Queen of the Association of Charros Ajijic 2016

The Mexican Cowboys: the Vaqueros of Jalisco

Ismael Sánchez

Ismael Sánchez

We meet in the street. He's shaking uncontrollably and, since I've only lived in Mexico for three months, I can't understand anything he's saying.
Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead in Jalisco, Mexico

For the last six years, I’ve photographed the Day of the Dead in Mexico, ever since I moved to a colorful lakeside pueblo in the subtropical central highlands of Jalisco. The sound of mother hens and their chicks fill the air as they run free...
Aztecas Abtractas

Aztecas Abstractas

Highway 15, Mexico

Mexico at 55 MPH

Photo Series of Other Places in the World

Landscapes

Landscapes

Spain & Portugal

Spain and Portugal


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  • Women played a significant role in the Mexican Revolution. Each November 20, their contributions are remembered on Revolution Day. These girls are dressed as soldaderas as they march in the parade for el Día de la Revolución in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.
    Soldaderas in the Mexican Revolution

    The spirit of rebellion which formed during the Mexican Revolution, a 10-year affair that ended less than a century ago, still resonates in modern Mexico. The insurgents who executed the coup are revered today as national her...

  • Latin American Fotografía Contest
    Latin American Fotografía Contest Winner

    I’m honored that one of my photos of Ajijic’s zayacos will be traveling the world as part of the “Los Diez” exhibit, which visits a number of museums and galleries in the Americas before arriving in P...

  • Fiesta of the Virgin of the Rosary in Ajijic

    October 31 – Halloween for most, but here in Ajijic the day is dedicated to the town’s patroness, the Virgin of the Rosary. Most incorporated towns in Latin America have a patron saint, as well as an incarnation of th...

  • An altar at a grave for a seven-year-old boy on the night of November 1. Families who have lost children might light the altar on the night of October 31 and/or November 1 for the angelitos (little angels), who rush back home quicker than their adult counterparts, who arrive later on November 2.
    Día de los Angelitos: Remembering Children During Day of the Dead

    The Day of the Dead is a misnomer. It doesn’t last just a day, but three. November 2 is the main celebration, but the day before is known as Children’s Day or Day of the Little Angels (Día de los Angelitos). Some...

  • A woman selling cotton candy in the Chapala, Jalisco, graveyard walks by a tomb decorated with coronas on the Day of the Dead
    Wandering Around in a Mexican Graveyard on the Day of the Dead

    I almost always forget that apart from a DSLR camera, I’ve got a pretty decent video camera in my hands whenever I’m taking photos. But I always feel like I’m missing out on a (potentially) great shot when I...

  • The queen of the 2016 Association of Charros Ajijic, Gaby Gucho, during the Día de la Independencia parade in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.
    Vaqueros: the Cowboys of Jalisco, Mexico

    Here in the Jaliscan countryside, the way of the cowboy remains a lifestyle for a distinct few still practicing the 16th-century art of charrería. Apart from the daily clippety-clop of horse hooves on the cobblestone streets...

  • An Aztec dancer wears a large copili headdress made from peacock and turkey feathers during the Fiesta of the Virgin of the Rosary. The Virgin of the Rosary is the town's patroness and has the month of October devoted to her with fireworks, more firework, even more fireworks, and a final procession through bearing an image of the virgin through the town on October 31.
    “El Penacho”

    I’m honored that my friend the extremely talented artist, Cathy Chalvignac, decided to paint one of my photos. And delighted to have just received this beautiful canvas reproduction of it. Thank you, Cathy! Here are the...

  • A large streetside altar for friends and family on the Day of the Dead, with fresh fruit, beer and tequila, plates of cooked meat, marigolds and other offerings
    Deciphering the Meaning of the Day of the Dead Altar in Jalisco, Mexico

    The Day of the Dead altar is at once mysterious and visually legible, a cultural touchstone whose multi-layered symbology can be decoded by a knowledgeable observer.

    The holiday’s indigenous, millennia-old ori...

  • Catrina on the Day of the Dead
    Catrinas on the Day of the Dead in Mexico

    La Catrina has become an iconic part of the Day of the Dead since it was introduced in 1910 by printmaker José Guadalupe Posada. Each November 2 students from the local preparatory high school in Chapala, Jalisco, set up doz...

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Based in Jalisco, Mexico

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