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

Thursday, July 15, 2010

It is all about Bea(triz)

I am still working on photos and video from last week's wonderful fiesta in Teotitlan del Valle. Also, too, I have been without internet for a few days, but finally have gotten things back up with the help of folks from telcel.
One of the best things about shooting these fiestas a few times is that one learns how the events unfold or, in the case of la calenda, the path they walk throughout the village. Knowing this. I was able to shoot at one location and then run to the next and be waiting to shoot it all over again.There were perhaps two hundred young women and girls marching this year. It was spectacular.

One of the the best moments for me was seeing Beatriz, the daughter of Antonio and Claudia Ruiz, my zapotec friends, marching in her first calenda. I have watched her grow up and her smile lit up the world. It doesn't get any better than this. Her proud family. With Antonio a couple of years ago.

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