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Dance Frenzy
Dance Frenzy
Dia de los Muertos celebrations in San Antonio are full of tradition. On this night near the Instituto Cultural de Mexico, a drum and dance procession from the arts group Urban 15 began performing. After a few minutes they made their way inside the building, snaking around the altars into a gallery room. The room quickly became a swirl of sound and motion. The performance in this small space was so intense that it became a visceral physical experience. It was quite extraordinary.

Lady in Feather Boa
Lady in Feather Boa

The Conversation

Is this series of photographs about conversation or confrontation? It is difficult to say when only a few moments in time are captured. How can we judge the situation accurately? That is not possible really. Just the same human beings always create some context for an image. It is part of the process of storing a memory. So like it or not we do make judgments about what we see.

It seems to me the process of journalism is very difficult when it comes to photographs. Images are such powerful sources of information that the written word simply can’t compete. A photograph, especially a dramatic one, will form memories even before we read anything about the context of a situation. That is something to consider in our visually saturated media world. I’m glad I’m not a journalist.