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

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

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Domes and Cupolas - Ocotlan y Zegache

After shooting some photos a few weeks ago and then getting some nice comments about them, i decided to return with a better camera and a more purposeful approach. It was worth it. These from Ocotlan, I headed through San Bartotlo Coyotepec, stopped and shot there, and then proceeded to Ocotlan and Zegache. Ocotlan just never stops, everywhere you look, there is decoration.As it turned out, I was completely alone in all the churches I visited. I mean, alone. Actually, there were birds flying around adding to the surreal peace. It was sublime. The altar at Ocotlan.One after another, the domes are all spectacular. The top of the magnificent screen in the doorway and the painting above it.In order to get the shots I wanted, I had to kneel and get dead center under the domes. I am sure it looked like I was praying. Because I was alone, I was free to go almost anywhere I wanted and I took full advantage. Flash is never permitted and it was a good opportunity to pactice low light shots. Zegache is dark inside... dark. Next time I go I am going to take a powerful flashlight or my video light and ask if they will let me get a well lit shot. However, for as dark as it was, one can seen how exquisite the work is.The architect from Salon de la Fama had told me about a spectacular interior dome, "The best," he said, in San Jose del Progresso about 15k past Ocotlan. I headed south and found the village, but the chapel was closed until 5PM and it was only 1:30, so I decided to come back another day soon. This dome shooting is fun and there are sure a lot of churches. It could take years.

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