Isla de las Munecas – The Island of the Dolls – is perhaps, my most unusual photography excursion. After a two-hour plus ride in a gondola-like boat, along a lily-pad infested canal in the region of Mexico City’s Xochimilco, one reaches the weird Island of the Dolls. Hundreds, maybe thousands of weathered, insect infested dolls hang from trees - dedicated to the memory of a small girl that drowned in the canal. The former caretaker of the Island, Don Julian Santana Barrera found the drowned little girl and shortly thereafter, found a floating doll in the canal. He hung the doll in a tree to appease the spirit of the deceased girl. Eventually, he hung more and more dolls in the trees. Many decades later, Don Julian’s nephew continues this tradition. I visited the Island in April, during Mexico's rainy season. Fortunately, the weather cooperated when I stepped foot on the Island, but many of the dolls held a moldy green patina as a result of the massive rainfall. Since I had limited time on the Island, I hand-held all of these shots, even tough I would have preferred to use a tripod.
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