Holy Week in Mexico – San Miguel de Allende & Guanajuato

Looking back on it, I’m not sure what initially motivated us to see the processions of Holy Week in Mexico. We’re not particularly spiritual, let alone religious. But having seen a few images of parades in San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato — from the somber crucifixion to the joyous “blowing up of Judas” on Easter — something about it spoke to me: I really, really wanted to photograph this event.

What transpired was an endless chain of coincidental scenes, colorful juxtapositions, displays of unparalleled emotional depth, and a clarity of culture clash that I had not witnessed before, or since.

  • &#;Photographer Insight Positioning was key for the processions. The Wednesday parade was open enough that I could move with the procession, but the funeral parade on Good Friday required staking out a spot an hour in advance. I found a street corner where the route turned left, giving me a 270-degree view of everything as it went by.