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Mexico’s Poisonous Cave



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Into the Shrine
Photograph by Stephen Alvarez

Following a solemn candlelight procession, La Pesca participants crowd inside the cave’s entrance to harvest small fish. People usually stay near the entrance, where the cave’s poisonous gas levels are diluted and less toxic.
The cave is sacred to the indigenous Zoque, descendants of the Olmec, who blended their ancient faith with Catholicism.




Camera: Leica M6
Film Type: Fujichrome 100
Lens: 35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/4 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: Unrecorded
Time of Day: Unrecorded
Lighting Techniques: Tungsten light and on-camera flash





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