(Documentary Artifact): One b/w negative of candles placed at graves in a cemetery of a Mesa Grande church. According to Davis, this event is part of La Noche De Las Velas, or the Night of the Candles on November 2 (All Souls Day). According to the original negative envelope, the film was exposed for 20-25 minutes, during which time the candles (about 1,500) were relit after being blown out by the wind. This created the streaks of light captured in the photograph.
Notes on negative envelope:
86:15900-585 THRU/ 588/ DAVIS COLL./ 86 DUP/ MESA GRANDE/ GRAVE LIGHTING CEREMONY/ STREAKS OF LIGHT CAUSED/ BY TORCH USED TO RELIGHT/ CANDLES (1500) BLOWN OUT/ BY WIND. EXPOSURE 20 TO/ 25 MIN., LENS OPENING F4/ 1908/ 4 NEGS