welcoming the dead The pictures in this series were taken in Mexico during the Day of the Dead, an important holiday in Mexico with both indigenous and Catholic roots. The holiday is a metaphor for life in 21st century Mexico combining the sacred, profane and plain old kitsch in a vibrant explosion of energy, color and sound. The primary point is to welcome back the spirits of deceased friends and relatives at graveyard vigils that go on well into the night. The gravesites and tombs are beautifully decorated with displays of brightly colored marigolds and elaborate altars. The favorite dishes and drinks of the dead are meticulously laid out as mariachis stroll through the cemeteries playing and singing traditional music. The festivities include carnival rides just outside the cemetery gates and mescal fueled street parties, dances and parades. In the end, the holiday confronts the inevitability of death by celebrating life with an ostentatious display of creative energy and spectacle done up with great Latin flair. After experiencing the holiday over a few years you realize that Mexicans may have actually found a way to escape death.