Capital Pride, 2012!

Over 200,000 thousand people came to the historic Pennsylvania Avenue NW, in front of America’s national capital, in Washington D.C. to celebrate Capital Pride, the annual LGBT pride and human rights festival on Sunday, June 10, 2012.  (Photos by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012)

Over 200,000 thousand people came to the historic Pennsylvania Avenue NW, in front of America's national capital, in Washington D.C. to celebrate Capital Pride, the annual LGBT pride and human rights festival on Sunday, June 10, 2012. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012)Over 200,000 thousand people came to the historic Pennsylvania Avenue NW, in front of America's national capital, in Washington D.C. to celebrate Capital Pride, the annual LGBT pride and human rights festival on Sunday, June 10, 2012. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012)Over 200,000 thousand people came to the historic Pennsylvania Avenue NW, in front of America's national capital, in Washington D.C. to celebrate Capital Pride, the annual LGBT pride and human rights festival on Sunday, June 10, 2012. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012)Capital_Pride_0004Over 200,000 thousand people came to the historic Pennsylvania Avenue NW, in front of America's national capital, in Washington D.C. to celebrate Capital Pride, the annual LGBT pride and human rights festival on Sunday, June 10, 2012. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012)Over 200,000 thousand people came to the historic Pennsylvania Avenue NW, in front of America's national capital, in Washington D.C. to celebrate Capital Pride, the annual LGBT pride and human rights festival on Sunday, June 10, 2012. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012)Over 200,000 thousand people came to the historic Pennsylvania Avenue NW, in front of America's national capital, in Washington D.C. to celebrate Capital Pride, the annual LGBT pride and human rights festival on Sunday, June 10, 2012. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012)Over 200,000 thousand people came to the historic Pennsylvania Avenue NW, in front of America's national capital, in Washington D.C. to celebrate Capital Pride, the annual LGBT pride and human rights festival on Sunday, June 10, 2012. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012)Over 200,000 thousand people came to the historic Pennsylvania Avenue NW, in front of America's national capital, in Washington D.C. to celebrate Capital Pride, the annual LGBT pride and human rights festival on Sunday, June 10, 2012. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012)Over 200,000 thousand people came to the historic Pennsylvania Avenue NW, in front of America's national capital, in Washington D.C. to celebrate Capital Pride, the annual LGBT pride and human rights festival on Sunday, June 10, 2012. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012)Over 200,000 thousand people came to the historic Pennsylvania Avenue NW, in front of America's national capital, in Washington D.C. to celebrate Capital Pride, the annual LGBT pride and human rights festival on Sunday, June 10, 2012. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012)Over 200,000 thousand people came to the historic Pennsylvania Avenue NW, in front of America's national capital, in Washington D.C. to celebrate Capital Pride, the annual LGBT pride and human rights festival on Sunday, June 10, 2012. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012)Over 200,000 thousand people came to the historic Pennsylvania Avenue NW, in front of America's national capital, in Washington D.C. to celebrate Capital Pride, the annual LGBT pride and human rights festival on Sunday, June 10, 2012. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012)Over 200,000 thousand people came to the historic Pennsylvania Avenue NW, in front of America's national capital, in Washington D.C. to celebrate Capital Pride, the annual LGBT pride and human rights festival on Sunday, June 10, 2012. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012)

2012 Holi Festival

This past weekend I was able to photograph and participate in one of the most unique visual experiences of my life. This event, known as “The Holi Festivals of Colors” is a traditional Hindu celebration of spring. The colors are said to represent energy, life, and the coming of spring. Nearly 80,000 people showed up to the Lotus Temple in Spanish Fork, Utah to partake in the festivities.

Thousands throw colored powder in sequence every 2 hours during the Holi Festival of Colors, on Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012, at the Lotus Temple, in Spanish Fork, Utah. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012) (Benjamin B. Morris)
Thousands throw colored powder in sequence every 2 hours during the Holi Festival of Colors, on Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012, at the Lotus Temple, in Spanish Fork, Utah. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012) (Benjamin B. Morris)

 

Holi Festival of Colors generates a crowd of all ages at the Lotus Temple, in Spanish Fork, Utah on Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012. Colored powder is thrown in the air and on one another for the Hindu celebration of spring making a beautiful spectacle. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris �©2012) (Benjamin B. Morris)
Holi Festival of Colors generates a crowd of all ages at the Lotus Temple, in Spanish Fork, Utah on Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012. Colored powder is thrown in the air and on one another for the Hindu celebration of spring making a beautiful spectacle. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012) (Benjamin B. Morris) 
After a young girl throws green powder in his dad?s face, she realizes its in his eyes and tries to help him while he remains smiling and in good sprits at the Holi Festival of Colors, on Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012, at the Lotus Temple, in Spanish Fork, Utah. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012) (Benjamin B. Morris)
After a young girl throws green powder in his dad?s face, she realizes its in his eyes and tries to help him while he remains smiling and in good sprits at the Holi Festival of Colors, on Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012, at the Lotus Temple, in Spanish Fork, Utah. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012) (Benjamin B. Morris)
during the Holi Festival of Colors, on Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012, at the Lotus Temple, in Spanish Fork, Utah. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012) (Benjamin B. Morris)
Colored powder gets absolutely everywhere at the Holi Festival of Colors, on Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012, at the Lotus Temple, in Spanish Fork, Utah. Here a girl is spitting out purple when receiving a mouth full of color from her friend, which is something everyone in attendance must be prepared for. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012)
Although love is in the air at the Holi Festival of Colors, on Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012, at the Lotus Temple, in Spanish Fork, Utah, colored powder is also in the air. Many in attendance wear eye, nose and mouth protection to avoid in taking unwanted powder. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012) (Benjamin B. Morris)
Although love is in the air at the Holi Festival of Colors, on Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012, at the Lotus Temple, in Spanish Fork, Utah, colored powder is also in the air. Many in attendance wear eye, nose and mouth protection to avoid in taking unwanted powder. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012) (Benjamin B. Morris)
Crowds jump up and down to music in front of the stage during the Holi Festival of Colors, on Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012, at the Lotus Temple, in Spanish Fork, Utah. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012) (Benjamin B. Morris)
Crowds jump up and down to music in front of the stage during the Holi Festival of Colors, on Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012, at the Lotus Temple, in Spanish Fork, Utah. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012) (Benjamin B. Morris)
Crowds jump up and down to music in front of the stage during the Holi Festival of Colors, on Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012, at the Lotus Temple, in Spanish Fork, Utah. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012) (Benjamin B. Morris)
Crowds jump up and down to music in front of the stage during the Holi Festival of Colors, on Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012, at the Lotus Temple, in Spanish Fork, Utah. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012) (Benjamin B. Morris)
Early arrivers have the luxury of choosing their own decorative colors before massive crowds gather under a plum of various color at the Holi Festival of Colors, on Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012, at the Lotus Temple, in Spanish Fork, Utah. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012) (Benjamin B. Morris)
Early arrivers have the luxury of choosing their own decorative colors before massive crowds gather under a plum of various color at the Holi Festival of Colors, on Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012, at the Lotus Temple, in Spanish Fork, Utah. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012) (Benjamin B. Morris)
The Holi Festival of Colors, at the Lotus Temple, in Spanish Fork Utah, is a family festival which many parents bring their children to even considering the array of  thick color filling the air, on Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012) (Benjamin B. Morris)
The Holi Festival of Colors, at the Lotus Temple, in Spanish Fork Utah, is a family festival which many parents bring their children to even considering the array of thick color filling the air, on Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012) (Benjamin B. Morris)

 

The Holi Festival of Colors, at the Lotus Temple, in Spanish Fork Utah, is a family festival which many parents bring their children to even considering the array of  thick color filling the air, on Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012) (Benjamin B. Morris)
The Holi Festival of Colors, at the Lotus Temple, in Spanish Fork Utah, is a family festival which many parents bring their children to even considering the array of thick color filling the air, on Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012) (Benjamin B. Morris)
A female crowd surfs in front of the Lotus Temple, in Spanish Fork, Utah, during the Holi Festival of Colors, on Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012, at (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012) (Benjamin B. Morris)
A female crowd surfs in front of the Lotus Temple, in Spanish Fork, Utah, during the Holi Festival of Colors, on Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012) (Benjamin B. Morris)
The Sunrise lights up the mountains in Provo, Utah before the Holi Festival of Colors, on Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012) (Benjamin B. Morris)
The Sunrise lights up the mountains in Provo, Utah before the Holi Festival of Colors, on Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012. (Photo by Benjamin B. Morris ©2012) (Benjamin B. Morris)

Dia de los Muertos: Janitzio Island in Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

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In the town of Comanja, Michoacan, locals celebrate “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) on Nov. 2, 2011. The ritual has profound significance for the local people who celebrate deceased loved ones on the cheerful and solemn occasion. ..©Benjamin B Morris
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In the town of Comanja, Michoacan, locals celebrate “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) on Nov. 2, 2011. The ritual has profound significance for the local people who celebrate deceased loved ones on the cheerful and solemn occasion. ..©Benjamin B Morris
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In the town of Comanja, Michoacan, locals celebrate “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) on Nov. 2, 2011. The ritual has profound significance for the local people who celebrate deceased loved ones on the cheerful and solemn occasion. ..©Benjamin B Morris
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In the town of Comanja, Michoacan, locals celebrate “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) on Nov. 2, 2011. The ritual has profound significance for the local people who celebrate deceased loved ones on the cheerful and solemn occasion. ..©Benjamin B Morris
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In the town of Comanja, Michoacan, locals celebrate “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) on Nov. 2, 2011. The ritual has profound significance for the local people who celebrate deceased loved ones on the cheerful and solemn occasion. ..©Benjamin B Morris
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In the town of Comanja, Michoacan, Mexico, a local boy decorates and prepares a loved one’s grave for an encounter with the deceased on “Noche de Muertos” (Day of the Dead) on Nov. 2, 2011. The ritual has profound significance for the local people who celebrate deceased loved ones on the cheerful and solemn occasion. ..©Benjamin B Morris
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In the town of Comanja, Michoacan, locals celebrate “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) on Nov. 2, 2011. The ritual has profound significance for the local people who celebrate deceased loved ones on the cheerful and solemn occasion. ..©Benjamin B Morris
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In the town of Comanja, Michoacan, locals celebrate “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) on Nov. 2, 2011. The ritual has profound significance for the local people who celebrate deceased loved ones on the cheerful and solemn occasion. ..©Benjamin B Morris
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In the town of Comanja, Michoacan, locals celebrate “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) on Nov. 2, 2011. The ritual has profound significance for the local people who celebrate deceased loved ones on the cheerful and solemn occasion. ..©Benjamin B Morris
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In the town of Comanja, Michoacan, locals celebrate “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) on Nov. 2, 2011. The ritual has profound significance for the local people who celebrate deceased loved ones on the cheerful and solemn occasion. ..©Benjamin B Morris
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Heraldo Menoez sits on a loved one’s grave at a cemetery in the town of Zacapu, Michoacan, Mexico, on “Noche de Muertos” (Day of the Dead) on Nov. 2, 2011. The ritual has profound significance for the local people who celebrate deceased loved ones on the cheerful and solemn occasion. ..©Benjamin B Morris
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A women watches her daughters decorate a family members grave with Cempasuchil (Marigold) Flowers which are traditionally used at a cemetery in the town of Zacapu, Michoacan, Mexico, on Nov. 2, 2011, as part of the celebration of the deceased life on “Noche de Muertos” (Day of the Dead), a cheerful and solemn occasion. ..©Benjamin B Morris
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A Mexican boy buys flowers in a street market in the town of Zacapu, Michoacan as an offering for a deceased family member to celebrate their life on “Noche de Muertos” (Day of the Dead) on Nov. 2, 2011. ..©Benjamin B Morris
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In the town of Comanja, Michoacan, locals celebrate “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) on Nov. 2, 2011. The ritual has profound significance for the local people who celebrate deceased loved ones on the cheerful and solemn occasion. ..©Benjamin B Morris
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In the state of Michoacán, Mexico, Purepecha indigenous communities await the return of the deceased on Janitzio Island in Lake Patzcuaro on “Noche de Muertos” (Day of the Dead), a ritual expressions with profound significance. Cempasuchil Flowers (Marigold Flowers), candles, fruit bread and incense are used as offerings in this cheerful and solemn occasion. ..©Benjamin B Morris
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In the state of Michoacán, Mexico, Purepecha indigenous communities await the return of the deceased on Janitzio Island in Lake Patzcuaro on “Noche de Muertos” (Day of the Dead), a ritual expressions with profound significance. Cempasuchil Flowers (Marigold Flowers), candles, fruit bread and incense are used as offerings in this cheerful and solemn occasion. ..©Benjamin B Morris
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In the state of Michoacán, Mexico, Purepecha indigenous communities await the return of the deceased on Janitzio Island in Lake Patzcuaro on “Noche de Muertos” (Day of the Dead), a ritual expressions with profound significance. Cempasuchil Flowers (Marigold Flowers), candles, fruit bread and incense are used as offerings in this cheerful and solemn occasion. ..©Benjamin B Morris
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In the state of Michoacán, Mexico, Purepecha indigenous communities await the return of the deceased on Janitzio Island in Lake Patzcuaro on “Noche de Muertos” (Day of the Dead), a ritual expressions with profound significance. Cempasuchil Flowers (Marigold Flowers), candles, fruit bread and incense are used as offerings in this cheerful and solemn occasion. ..©Benjamin B Morris
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In the state of Michoacán, Mexico, Purepecha indigenous communities await the return of the deceased on Janitzio Island in Lake Patzcuaro on “Noche de Muertos” (Day of the Dead), a ritual expressions with profound significance. Cempasuchil Flowers (Marigold Flowers), candles, fruit bread and incense are used as offerings in this cheerful and solemn occasion. ..©Benjamin B Morris
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In the state of Michoacán, Mexico, Purepecha indigenous communities await the return of the deceased on Janitzio Island in Lake Patzcuaro on “Noche de Muertos” (Day of the Dead), a ritual expressions with profound significance. Cempasuchil Flowers (Marigold Flowers), candles, fruit bread and incense are used as offerings in this cheerful and solemn occasion. ..©Benjamin B Morris
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In the state of Michoacán, Mexico, Purepecha indigenous communities await the return of the deceased on Janitzio Island in Lake Patzcuaro on “Noche de Muertos” (Day of the Dead), a ritual expressions with profound significance. Cempasuchil Flowers (Marigold Flowers), candles, fruit bread and incense are used as offerings in this cheerful and solemn occasion. ..©Benjamin B Morris

In the state of Michoacán, Mexico, Purepecha indigenous communities await the return of the deceased on Janitzio Island in Lake Patzcuaro on “Noche de Muertos” (Day of the Dead), a ritual expressions with profound significance. Cempasuchil Flowers (Marigold Flowers), candles, fruit bread and incense are used as offerings in this cheerful and solemn occasion.

Dia de los Muertos: Janitzio Island in Lake Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

Photos by Benjamin Morris

2011 Pan American Games – Opening Ceremony, Guadalajara Mexico – Day 00

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Oct. 14, 2011 – Guadalajara, Mexico – Opening ceremonies of the 2011 Pan American Games held at the Omnilife Stadium in Guadalajara.
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Oct. 14, 2011 – Guadalajara, Mexico – Musical performances were a large portion of the festivities held during the opening ceremonies of the 2011 Pan American Games held at the Omnilife Stadium in Guadalajara.

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Oct. 14, 2011 – Guadalajara, Mexico – The Mexican team enters the opening ceremonies of the 2011 Pan American Games held at the Omnilife Stadium in Guadalajara. © Benjamin B Morris
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Oct. 14, 2011 – Guadalajara, Mexico – The Mexican team enters the opening ceremonies of the 2011 Pan American Games held at the Omnilife Stadium in Guadalajara.
PAN AM GAMES 2011 - DAY 0 - OPENING CEREMONY
Oct. 14, 2011 – Oct. 14, 2011 – Guadalajara, Mexico – The team from the United States of America enters the opening ceremonies of the 2011 Pan American Games held at the Omnilife Stadium in Guadalajara.
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Oct. 14, 2011 – Guadalajara, Mexico – Opening ceremonies of the 2011 Pan American Games held at the Omnilife Stadium in Guadalajara. © Benjamin B Morris