Xavier Quijas Yxayotl "Splendorous Mictlan" and Dancers

Dia De Los Muertos LA: Main Stage Performances (Part 3)

This year’s Dia De Los Muertos: Shamanic Visions of the Huicol festival at Hollywood Forever was a 12-hour cultural celebration in honor of those who have passed. Hollywood Forever’s Lady of the Dead website has an excellent review of the ancient rituals on display at the festival. After the Sunset Shaman Ceremony featured in our Part 1 blog, then wandering through the Altars and Atmosphere in Part 2, one arrived at the main stage, … Continue reading Dia De Los Muertos LA: Main Stage Performances (Part 3)

Altars at Dia De Los Muertos - Shamanic Visions of the Huichol at Hollywood Forever

Dia De Los Muertos LA: Altars and Atmosphere (Part 2)

The Dia De Los Muertos festival at Hollywood Forever is a cultural experience that is a feast for the senses. The day began at noon with lots of family friendly activities, culminating with several Shaman sunset ceremonies (Dia De Los Muertos LA: Shaman Sunset Ceremony – Part 1). Featuring more than 100 altars to the recently departed, once the sun sets, the displays come to … Continue reading Dia De Los Muertos LA: Altars and Atmosphere (Part 2)

Dia De Los Muertos - Shamanic Visions of the Huichol at Hollywood Forever

Dia De Los Muertos LA: Shaman Sunset Ceremony (Part 1)

Dia De Los Muertos came early to this year’s Cultural Events calendar at Hollywood Forever with their “Shamanic Visions of the Huicol” festivities on October 24, 2015. Now in its 16th year, the festival is a celebration of traditional Mexican culture and customs. As a photojournalist working entertainment events in Hollywood, I am often presented with, shall we say … “unusual circumstances.” And I must offer, as … Continue reading Dia De Los Muertos LA: Shaman Sunset Ceremony (Part 1)

Dia De Los Muertos LA at Hollywood Forever

Dia De Los Muertos LA

The largest cemetery altar ceremony outside of Mexico, Dia De Los Muertos LA is today at Hollywood Forever. Complete with traditional ceremonies, music and food, LOTS of food. Gates opened just a few minutes ago at noon. The event goes until 10:30pm tonight with singer/songwriter Lila Downs on the main stage at 9pm. UPDATE: Photo coverage of the main stage performers is available for viewing … Continue reading Dia De Los Muertos LA

The Rise of David Bowie & Co. at the Taschen Gallery

The Rise of David Bowie & Co.

Knowing my many Labyrinth of Jareth friends will appreciate this, I made it a point to stop the other day to grab some smartphone street photography shots of this mural at the Taschen Gallery in Los Angeles. Celebrating Mick Rock’s Shooting For Stardust, The Rise of David Bowie & Co. is on exhibit through October 11, 2015. See the Taschen Blog for exhibit hours. #StreetPhotography … Continue reading The Rise of David Bowie & Co.

Some Weeks Are Definitely Better Than Others!

Some Weeks are Definitely Better than Others!

Finally, after archiving last night’s shoot and checking the morning email, a moment to sit back (while ingesting photos into the edit bay) and reflect … Tall Ships Mermaids and Pirates Pirate Encampment Skateboarding iHeartRadio Music Festival Bollywood Heights Dance Party Yep … That was last week! 😉 Many thanks to: Ocean Institute Sheroes Entertainment, LLC EduSkate Foundation FilmMagic 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival Blue 13 … Continue reading Some Weeks are Definitely Better than Others!

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Editorial: Why So Few Photos on Social Media?

The question comes up often of why we don’t post our photos on Instagram and only very few on Facebook, and other social media sites for that matter. Finally decided it was time to simply create a photo album on each with the following. To me, this is clearly a rights grab by an over-zealous corporate entity. In September 2013, Facebook revealed in a white paper that … Continue reading Editorial: Why So Few Photos on Social Media?

31st Annual Tall Ships Festival in Dana Point Harbor

Coming Up – 31st Annual Tall Ships Festival!

Argh Mateys! 😉 More fun coming up this weekend in Dana Point at the 31st Annual Tall Ships Festival at the Ocean Institute with Sheroes Entertainment Mermaids and Pirates in Dana Point Harbor. It starts Friday with a sunset parade as the Tall Ships arrive in the Harbor. I’ll be on the lead boat, cameras in hand, as they enter the Harbor and pass in … Continue reading Coming Up – 31st Annual Tall Ships Festival!

18th Annual Labyrinth Of Jareth Masquerade Ball

Labyrinth Of Jareth Masquerade Ball – Saturday Finale (Part 3)

As we have shown in our coverage of Part 2 “Wandering The Corridors”, and Part 1 “Early Saturday Evening,” the Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade Ball is nothing short of a feast for the eyes, a fantasy for the heart, and some serious dance beats to keep you moving throughout the nights. I say nights plural as the festivities actually began on Friday … but that’s … Continue reading Labyrinth Of Jareth Masquerade Ball – Saturday Finale (Part 3)