About Dane

Ethnographic Photography of Central Mexico

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 top photographers working in Latin America today and have been lucky enough to have my photos selected as contest winners by Steve McCurry, Peter Turnley and Susan Spiritus.

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The Blog

Mexico Photo Blog

Photo Essay

Carnaval in Ajijic, Mexico

The Carnaval celebrations in Ajijic, Mexico, last for six days and feature some of the town’s most colorful characters, the masked zayacas. Nearby Chapala celebrates Carnaval for nearly two entire weeks, but as the events there are organized by the local government, it ends up...

Life Framer’s World Travellers Contest With Judge Steve McCurry

I am more than a little excited to announce that Steve McCurry has chosen one of my photos as a winner for Life Framer’s World Travellers contest. McCurry has made some of the most iconic images in photography, including the “Afghan Girl,” whose famous penetrating...

Photo Essay

Abstract Lake Chapala Photos

Being the largest lake in Mexico, the views around Lake Chapala are vast expanses of water and sky. In the stormy, wet season of summer, clouds often interrupt the endless azure, but from fall through spring the skies are usually clear and the lake still....

La Catrina: A Photo Composite Series

The Day of the Dead is less than two weeks away, so it seems appropriate to post this photo composite series about La Catrina that I spent time working on a couple years ago. Each is a composite of dozens of layers of adjustments, photos,...

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.

Queen of the Association of Charros Ajijic 2016

Escaramuzas: The Mexican Cowgirls

The Puppet Master Adjusts His Sombrero

Ajijic, Jalisco: 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 Zayacas 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...
A cowboy demonstrates his roping skills on the Day of the Cowboy in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

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 seven 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. This is everyday Mexico and like much of the country, it’s caught in the paradox...
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...

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