The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo
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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Monday, October 29, 2007


One of my favorite quotes is “For the unenlightened, a thousand books of a thousand pages would be insufficient, but for the enlightened, one word would be too many” and maybe that is the case with the photos below. But as another of my favorites says, “fools rush in….” so if no one else will comment, I will.

People always figure out ways to express themselves, no matter how repressive the atmosphere. In the states, we have The Daily Show and Colbert. We have come to the fork in the road when we must ask, “Can a comedian do any worse as president?”

Maybe there is comedy resistance in Oaxaca, but I have not seen it, but they do have graffiti that has evolved into a high art, in my opinion. I have been taking photos of it for weeks.

These pictures are an encapsulation of life in Oaxaca right now. There is poverty and unrest, but the government has figured out a way to deal with it. It has amassed a vast collection of cans of paint in all the colors in the city, so when political graffiti appears, as it does every night, the city simply paints over it. Problem solved.

Sound familiar?

1 comment:

Matt Plavnick said...

That's great timing you got the white wash. I linked to it in my blog.
(Don't know how to make a link in the comment box here.) I look forward to more of your photography. Nice work.