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

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Street Art cont.... Teotitlan del Valle style

The street art and graffiti in Teotitlan del Valle were very interesting last week.  There is always a theme and it appears like various groups are encouraged to get out and create something, because there must have been twenty different displays.  I will have to go back and shoot a few more of them.

Domestic violence awareness and sexual preference tolerance were clearly the motifs and it made me think just how tolerant and enlightened the people are.  I tried to imagine a city in the States where such public art and attitudes could be displayed without getting trashed or creating backlash.

Who knows, maybe there is some form of backlash in Teo, but I did not see it.  In fact, look at the equipment these guys have, a nice air brush and compressor.  No simple tagging in the dead of night, right out in the open for people to watch..
The finished product.
So not only does Teotitlan del Valle have all these wonderful and deep traditions and artistic expertise in many areas, but the people are also socially sophisticated, aware and tolerant.  Hmmmm....

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