Día de Muertos
Springs Preserve celebrates Day of the Dead
Each year people gather at Springs Preserve to practice the Mexican tradition of honoring departed loved ones. About 30 altars, their creators and celebrants populate the grounds.
Altar displays range from traditional to “creative” categories. The main elements of each are earth, wind, water, fire, copal (incense), marigolds, photographs and skulls, which remind participants of their own mortality.
Family members wear painted faces that resemble calaveras (skulls), gather around the altars and tell stories about their loved ones. In contrast to tearful, solemn grieving, the holiday is an exercise in remembering the deceased with felicitous laughter.
Photographer Daniel Britton is right in his wheelhouse at night. Using such techniques as double exposure and limited Photoshop to preserve the original photo, he makes beautiful work by incorporating the night sky and a long exposure technique using steel wool.
His work can be seen elsewhere downtown at Makers & Finders and also at the Linq Hotel and Casino.
Regarding this collection, he states.
When I was commissioned for this project I knew right away this was going to be a fun, challenging shoot and cause me to grow my skills in new ways. It was such a pleasure to bring to life the many elements of this holiday and put my artistic spin on the images captured during this shoot. I hope that you all enjoy my interpretation of Día de Muertos.
Thanks to Springs Preserve staff Diana Diaz and Dawn Barraclough for letting us raid their supply closet and working a late night. Find Daniel’s portfolio at www.dbrittonphoto.com