Dia de los Muertos - Day 2+3 - Tzintzuntzan, Mexico

After 36 hours of shooting - here are some of my favorites from the all-night Day of the Dead festivities. I plan to use these photos in my upcoming feature piece "Past the Masks: An In-Depth Look at the Authentic Dia de los Muertos Celebration." 

It will examine the modern-day representation of the holiday in media+pop culture - and how that has subliminally altered the foreign perception of the festival, and in many ways, how it is celebrated locally today. || While my time there was limited, it was a true honor documenting this incredible tradition. A tradition surrounding family, honoring the deceased, and respecting your elders - not masks and parades. Stay tuned for the article:

Dia de los Muertos - Day 1 - Patzcuaro, Mexico

Day 1: Patzcuaro, is a historic town founded in the 1300's, known for its traditional Dia de los Muertos celebration. Last night preparations were well underway for the start of the festival this afternoon. As children ran through the streets trick 'r' treating, alters were assembled in the town square - each representing a community nearby. 

The alter serves as a portal for the dead to enter the world of the living during the next two days. These memorials are quite expansive - consisting of wooden frames, thousands of marigold flowers, and offerings for the communities' loved ones. || The three shelves of food represent heaven, earth, and the underworld. The cross of salt at the base helps purify the souls as they cross over. The path of candles+marigolds help to guide the souls with their bright color and strong scent. || Tonight, families will surround the alters and spend all night dining with their deceased loved ones. 

Mazel Tov!

My brother got married to the coolest woman on the planet. Naturally I had to ensure they got the best photographer for their wedding (me). Congrats bro, incredibly proud of you! Took you long enough to ask, and we couldn't be happier to have Jafet become a part of the family. Can't wait to see all the crazy adventures you go on together. Welcome to the family Jafet! 

Location: Mazatlan, Sinaloa - Mexico 

Ali - Sioux Falls, SD

A few months ago I took a road trip over 4,000 miles through 10 national parks. I stopped along the way to see a few friends. Ali was one of those friends.

She's quite awesome, and happens to run a farm providing a large portion of the hops utilized by Sioux Fall's microbreweries. She showed me around the rapidly growing and unexpectedly intriguing downtown. I had a few hours before I had to be back on the road, so we were sure to use our time wisely. After slamming a beer, we took photos in the park, grabbed some diner food, ambled around some junk shops, and then decided at the last second we wanted to catch sunset at a state park nearby called The Palisades. It was a good pit stop to say the least.

Here's some photos from along the way: 

412 Eats - The Final Chapter

I am saddened to announce that the 412 Eats Series will be taking a hiatus for the foreseeable future. I have moved all of my culinary efforts to Brooklyn, and will be starting a new series for NYC soon. Don't worry though, I saved the best for last. Here's some pure deliciousness from Streets on Carson: