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About Dane

Ethnographic Photography of Central Mexico and Beyond

I’m a bilingual photographer who’s been living in Jalisco, Mexico, for the past seven years. I work on projects that attempt to represent the culture of Mexico as seen from the point of view of those living here. Since 2016, my photos have appeared in museums and galleries in six countries, including Greece, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and Hungary.

I’ve been distinguished by VICE’s Creator’s Project as one of the best photographers working in Latin America today. (Actually, they technically labeled me Latin American, which is an honor, but that definitely ain’t right.)

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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

Highway 15: Mexico at 55 MPH

In 2010, when my friend and I got in the car and moved to Mexico, I had a lot of time to sit and stare out the window, wondering if I would regret what I had done: quit my dependable seven-year job at The Denver...

Photo Series of Other Places in the World

The Treeline Colorado Rockies

Landscapes

Spain & Portugal

Spain and Portugal


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  • Highway 15, Mexico
    Mexico at 55 MPH: Views From the Passenger Seat Along Mexico’s Highway 15

    In 2010, when I moved from the US to Mexico, I was a passenger (for the second time) on a 2,200-mile road trip from Denver, Colorado, to Lake Chapala, Mexico. I went with a friend, who’s car was quite special, so we lef...

  • At Tequila Cazadores, They Use the Mozart Effect to Give Their Agave Juice Happy, Fermented Lives

    If you’ve ever lived a tequila lover’s dream and visited a distillery in Mexico, you’ll never forget the unique smell of the beautifully fermenting agave that follows you around — everywhere. It’...

  • I Quit My Job & Moved to Mexico with an Ex-Member of the Weather Underground… And 7 Years Later I’d Never Move Back to the United States

    By the time our 1994 fire engine red Suzuki Samurai — which my friend described as “basically like driving a covered motorcycle” — bounced across the Mexican border, we had already broken down once for...

  • Blue Lake Chapala Winter Sunset landscape fine art print
    New Fine Art Photography Shop

    It was time. After a year with an embedded, cookie-cutter shopping cart from Fine Art America, I needed a better way to sell prints online. Now you have it. I’m happy to announce that I’m now taking orders both he...

  • Mother's Day in Mexico
    Mother’s Day in Mexico

    Mother’s Day in Mexico is probably not celebrated like it is wherever you live. In Mexico, it always falls on May 10 and here in Jalisco, it’s sometimes celebrated in the community bullrings....

  • Mezcala, Jalisco, Mexico
    Grocery Store in Mezcala, Jalisco

    I don’t often make it out to the small town of Mezcala, about 20 minutes west of Chapala. But when I do, I’m always glad I went. Everything there is tranquil and still, the kind of stillness in which the hours nev...

  • A brother and sister improvise and play in a puddle with boats they made out of fallen leaves after a brief afternoon thunderstorm hit the plaza in Ajijic, Mexico. One of the qualities that separates many kids who live in a place like the United States from, say, a place like Mexico is the ability, and at times the necessity, of creating games out of practical everyday items or found objects, such as pesos, rocks or these leaf boats, as shown in the photo.
    Rain Toys

    These two siblings were playing in a puddle after a summer afternoon rain shower. They’d found some fallen leaves and fashioned them into boats while their parents were busy teaching a class about Aztec dance. Which see...

  • Zayacos
    Zayacas During Carnaval in Ajijic, Mexico 2017

    Another year of Carnaval celebrations in Ajijic, Mexico, has come and gone, and the masked zayacas along with it. These guys (mostly young men and boys dressed in drag) appear early each year in Ajijic during the town’...

  • Zayacos
    Carnaval 2017 in Ajijic, Mexico

    Carnaval is celebrated all over Latin America and Mexican pueblos are no exception. Fiestas go on up and down the north shore of Lake Chapala and the town of Chapala is fairly well-known for its Fat Tuesday celebrations. Ajij...

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