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Festival in the Sulfur Cave
Photograph by Stephen Alvarez

During a one-day Holy Week celebration called La Pesca a boy relaxes in the Cascades near the town of Tapijulapa in southern Mexico. Almost all local streams are part of a hydrological system that feeds sulfur through a nearby cave, which has attracted much scientific interest. Hundreds of villagers from the area make a pilgrimage to Cueva de Villa Luz (Cave of the Lighted House) to gather fish in cave pools, bolstering diets until their crops ripen.




Camera: Canon A2
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 85mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60, unknown f-stop
Weather Conditions: Sunny and bright
Time of Day: 2:35 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: Available light





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