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.
Click on an image to see it larger. For additional photography please visit my flickr page. You can find my music on Jango(World & latin - Worldbeat) and at iTunes and most online stores. ¡Soy consciente de todas las tradiciones del Internet! If you are coming to Oaxaca, please contact me for tours or advice.
The work continues, if one can really call it that, in photographing some of Oaxaca's most esteemed painters and visual artists. Each has such a strong and unique presence. Some are quiet, while other gregarious, but their art speaks volumes about each of them. Somehow, I think these particular portraits really let these particular artists' personalities and auras come forth. I will let you form your own opinions.
Emiliano Lopez Javier
Still more to go....
ps: Can you guess which two are brothers?