“Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.”

George Eliot

The entrance to LA’s Dia de Los Muertos Festival, ©2019 Reginald Foster

Ya’ gotta admit – LA is a big, colorful, & fantastically vibrant place to live. If you’re bored, it’s ’cause ya’ wanna be. Lot’s to do. Lots to see. A party around every corner. Right? OK…maybe not around EVERY corner, but we sure do have a lot of festivals throughout the year. One of my faves (Yes, you’ve heard that before…) is the Dia de Los Muertos celebration held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

One of the Queens of the Dead, ©2019 Reginald Foster

Also celebrated in the US, “The Day of the Dead (el Día de los Muertos), is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration.”* What a fantastic way to pay respects to deceased loved ones.

Festive Skulls, ©2019 Reginald Foster

Since I’ve attended the festival multiple times over the past few years, I knew that finding a parking spot would have only slightly greater odds than winning the Powerball – twice. So, I got there early – as in before they had unlocked the port-a-potties kinda early.

With the gates still closed (& no port-a-potty available) I decided to make my way over to Larchmont Blvd to take a few shots and find a bite to eat before the festival. BTW, if you haven’t been, Larchmont is a cool area to check out. Anyway…by the time I returned, LA’s Dia de Los Muertos was in full swing.

Monarch, ©2019 Reginald Foster

The people, the costumes, the colors, the dancing, the alters, & the food all combined to create a uniquely wonderful atmosphere. This years theme was the Monarch butterfly. According to the festival’s website, the Monarch butterfly is “a symbol of Dreamers and Immigrants whose personal journeys echo the annual migrations the butterflies make between Mexico and the U.S.” Of course, for a photographer, the resulting aesthetics were simply spectacular. I really can’t think of many events that provide as much visual goodness as this one.

A festival dancer pauses for a pic, ©2019 Reginald Foster

So, needless to say, I took a lot of photos. I just couldn’t help myself. Every couple of steps I encountered an interesting person, place, or thing that just screamed “Take my Picture!”. I had to oblige. Hopefully, you can see through the images that this is a particularly wonderful event that’s well worth checking out.

Looking Sharp, ©2019 Reginald Foster
The Couple, ©2019 Reginald Foster
Becoming, ©2019 Reginald Foster

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Equipment Used

  • Leica M10
  • Canon 50 f1.2 LTM
  • Fuji XT3
  • Fuji 23 f1.4
  • Ricoh GRIII

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