This year’s “El Dia de los Muertos” seemed busier and even more crowded than previous years.
And as far as I can tell, the organizers don’t have plans to commercialize it to the point of the city’s other festivals.
Keeping it family friendly and local keeps it fun yet intimate.
Visitors paying their respects to their loved ones at the community altar at White Park wouldn’t have the same feel if this became too big.
From what I could see all the food vendors all did well and many sold out of food by 8pm.
This year I stayed much later so I got a chance to photograph the musicians like “Metalachi” (concatenation of “Metal” and “Mariachi”) and “Quetzal” perform.
Their sounds were very good.
So were their stage presence and charisma.
Their banter punctuated with Spanglish brought laughter to the audience, but my ears are still ringing as I write this from my being so close to the speakers close to the stage.
I used to keep a set of earplugs I kept in my camera bag for when I covered drag racing and concerts when I worked at the newspaper.
The rain from the day before (Friday evening) was godsent.
Temperatures were in the 70s and the air was crisp and clean.
The temperature after the sunset surprised many dipping into the low 60s by around 9pm.
Overall, I had a wonderful time this year.
I was actually surprised I didn’t run into more friends but I was on the lookout for pictures.
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A selection of my students' work
Jodi by Steve Fetbrandt from Small Flash Lighting workshop
Pier at Huntington Beach by Amber Arbello
Abby Abramovitz by Leo Frayne
Josie modeled by Ashante
Claudio Castillo captures a classmate as the devil with light painting
Leslie C by Diana Vargas
Juan as the Joker by Jesus Rodriguez
Liz and Nathan, performing arts students of the week. El Modena High school
Lizelle by Marco Rodriguez
Aztec dancer by Debbie Redfearn. Small Flash Lighting workshop
Double exposure portrait of Jane El Modena High school
Portrait by Mike Van Gorder. Small Flash Lighting workshop
Johnnie Dominguez portrait by Sheila Miller. Small Flash Lighting workshop
Fryda dressed as a catrina by Terri Turcote.Small Flash Lighting workshop
Kavita by John Moya. Small Flash Lighting workshop
David Jaime captured this portrait of singer. El Modena High
Portrait in Shutterstories studio. La Sierra University
Silhouette by Jann Smallwood during a field trip. Riverside City College
Danielle byJoel Charbonnet. Wedding Photography UCR Extension class
Diana V by classmate Raylene Rodriguez. El Modena High School
Double exposure portrait of Ryder Wade. El Modena High School
Engagement portrait Digital Wedding Photography class Riverside City College
“El Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead celebrations) Riverside 2014 from Peter Phun on Vimeo.
Peter Phun Photography
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