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 zayacos gather in the packed bullring with their town behind them in the stands.

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...
The Mexican Cowboys

The Mexican Cowboys

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.
Frida Garcia acting as painter Frida Kahlo on the Day of the Dead in Chapala, Jalisco.

Day of the Dead

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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  • Jesús Malverde and Jesus Christ in the Cemtery, San Juan Cosalá, Mexico
    Jesús and Jesús Malverde on the Same Tomb in San Juan Cosalá, Mexico

    I’ve only one question about this. OK, two. 1) Who was the missing third image on the left, the Virgin of Guadalupe? The picture would tell an even more imperfect story of Mexico. And 2) What criteria was used in the d...

  • La Costeña in the Graveyard
    La Costeña in the Graveyard

    For eight pesos I hopped on the local bus last Sunday and took a super short trip to the cemetery in San Juan Cosalá. Although it’s only about 15 minutes drive, I’d never been to the graveyard there. I was in sea...

  • Religious Art, Woodshop in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán
    Morelia and Pátzcuaro, Michoacán

    Back from a short long-weekend trip to the two small cities of Morelia and Pátzcuaro. It was my first trip to Michoacán and it was charming, especially the “pueblo mágico” of Pátzcuaro, whose buildings have te...

  • lake chapala sunset
    Chroma Exhibit at the Darkroom Gallery

    Happy to be included amongst the talented photographers selected for the Chroma exhibition at the Darkroom Gallery in Vermont. Susan Spiritus has selected my image “Gold and Blue Tones at Sunset on Lake Chapala” ...

  • 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.
    Two Photos in the Culture Exhibition for Darkroom Gallery

    I’m super pleased that Peter Turnley has chosen two of my photos to appear in an exhibition he’s juried for the Darkroom Gallery in Vermont this March. The theme is “Culture” and there are a lot of won...

  • Zayaca and Daughter
    VIDEO: Pre-Carnaval Pandemonium in Mexico

    Sometimes a picture (or series of pictures) can only say so much. Here’s a short video of the Carnaval flour fights that go on between kids and masked “zayacas” in Ajijic, Mexico....

  • Two Viejitos on the Street in Ajijic, Mexico
    Two Old Men in the Street in Ajijic, Mexico

    Two men hold fliers handed out during the 2016 carnaval celebrations, which start taking place over two weeks before the grand finale on Fat Tuesday. Carnaval is how it’s known outside of the United States; you might b...

  • Blue Truck in Jocotepec, Jalisco
    Blue Truck in Jocotepec, Jalisco

    A truck is parked on the street last Saturday afternoon in Jocotepec, Jalisco, Mexico....

  • Mexican Fireworks Castillo
    Mexican Firework Castles (Castillos)

    Have you ever seen a three-story, hand-assembled pyrotechnic castle, or castillo, exploding in a church plaza? If not, you’ve probably never been to Mexico. And if you have, you might be asking, “Why don’t ...

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Based in Jalisco, Mexico

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