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Cinematographer Hugo Arvizu’s Impactful Photos Inspired by Mexican Traditions

In his own words, Los-Angeles based cinematographer Hugo Arvizu, originally from Mexico, describes a photo series of his which melds elements from two female archetypes.

Photography: Hugo Arvizu

“There are two things that humans throughout history have been aware of: life and death. We know life exists because here we are, and we know death will be because we have seen it come to others. And we fear it. We fear it because no one knows what comes after, if anything.

Many civilizations and cultures have come up with different theories, wondering about different possible options in regard to what comes after, but no one is certain. In Mexico, my home, people believed in death as a path where people would continue their journey. People who already passed, however, would have the chance to come visit their family once a year, and this is on the Day of the Dead, where the dead would come to visit us from Mictlán, which is the land of the dead in Mexican mythology.

One of the mos