Woman on Stairs, Island of Janitzio
Presented by Photographer Dane Strom
The Story Behind this Photo
A woman pauses a moment while climbing a set of stairs leading to the top of the Island of Janitzio, the largest island on Lake Pátzcuaro in Michoacán and a tourist attraction for hundreds of Mexican families who visit by boat each day. About 2,000 indigenous people actually reside on the steep island. In between the visiting tourists, they navigate through the tight passages and climb its narrow staircases every day, like the woman pictured here. The island is home to Mexico’s most famous graveyard, which is lit up on the Day of the Dead by thousands of candles and marigolds.
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People of Mexico
The heart of a nation is found in the soul of its people. To an outsider, it’s easy to mistakenly think that Mexico’s people are all equivalent. But Mexico is actually a diverse country with close to 100 unique indigenous groups and 350 dialects.See Collection
About The Photographer
Dane Strom worked for seven years as a newsroom editorial assistant at The Denver Post in Colorado before he left the United States and moved to Central Mexico in 2010.
Since then, he’s been photographing the traditions, holidays and people of his adopted town, commited to spreading the beauty and rich culture of Mexico around the world.
His work, which has appeared in galleries and museums in many countries, has also won awards in contests judged by photographers and curators such as Steve McCurry, Peter Turnley, and Susan Spiritus.