Forest Zayaco I
Presented by Photographer Dane Strom
The Story Behind this Photo
José de Jesus Romero Pérez dressed as a zayaco, a traditional character from the town of Ajijic, Mexico, which appears during the yearly Carnaval celebrations. He’s wearing a wooden mask which he carved himself. In an age of Hollywood and Halloween masks, José and his brothers help maintain the zayaco tradition of masks made from wood and elegant dress.
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The Masked Sayacas of Ajijic, Mexico
These cross-dressing, flour-throwing masked characters chase kids through the streets every Carnival, a tradition unique to the town of Ajijic, Mexico.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.