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HCPC Meeting – Beban Park – Photographing a Cultural Event with John Young

March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

John has been traveling to Mexico to photograph for several years, and has photographed el Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) for the past two years. He will be talking about his trips and the things her has learned about photography a cultural event during these trips. 

During his last trip he was in Oaxaca from October 22 – November 4, staying with a wonderful local family studying Spanish. Each day he headed down the Zocalo or main square, which was the hub of activity,  he never tired of the  activities, street vendors, musicians, magicians, comics and artists. 

The Day of the Dead (el Die de los Muetros) is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of the deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink, and celebration. A blend of Mesoamerican ritual, European religion and Spanish culture, the holiday is celebrated from October 31 – November 2 (although in Oaxaca it seemed like a week-long party!). The roots of los Muertos go back some 3,000 years to the rituals honouring the dead in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. The Aztecs and other Nagua people living in what is now Mexico had a cyclical view of the universe, with death being an integral, ever-present part of life. 

You can view John’s images on his SmugMug page at https://johnyoung.smugmug.com and specifically images from his last trip at to Oaxaca at https://johnyoung.smugmug.com/Mexico-Trips/Mexico-2022/Oaxaca-LosMuertos2022.

John’s presentation will be followed by the final print show of the year. Click HERE for more details. 

Click on “Show Slideshow” below the thumbnails  to see all the images in full size. 


March 21
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Education Chair
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Beban Park
2300 Bowen Rd
Nanaimo, British Columbia V9T3K7 Canada
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