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
The view from Corazon del Pueblo

The hereafter re me

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

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Man - Isidoro Cruz

Isidoro is The Man.
Some people just exude brilliance, humor and wisdom. Isidoro Cruz, the famous carver from San Martin Tilcajete, is one of them and has long been a mentor for me.
His carvings are simply some of the best as you can see from the photos, but it really his genius and spirit that I find inspirational. I want to be that smart, productive, energetic, happy and crazy when I am his age - which is fast approaching.Here are shots of him over the years, but he has a very long history.The villagers refer to him more as a sculptor than a carver, a sign of their respect.He is one of Mexico's master craftsmen.Come and visit him and support Oaxacan artists.

1 comment:

Nightreading said...

That incredibly handsome artist looks so happy with his life and the world around him.

I wonder what/who inspires his works. Does he see the tree and he knows that it's going to be this or that creature (like Michelangelo was seeing a finished sculpture in a piece of a marble before he even started), or he just takes any piece of wood and makes whatever he wants.

I do, too, "want to be that smart, productive, energetic, happy and crazy when I am his age" well as being able to travel and visit artisan places/villages all over the world. That would be my dream come true wish list....