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

Friday, January 18, 2013

Magic carpets

For several months I have been working with Arulfo Mendoza of Mano Magica, taking photos of some of Oaxaca's visual artists.  I have posted many of them on this blog.  He is producing a book to celebrate his many years of working with a wide swath of Oaxacan artists.  There were two other photographers involved, who I never met working on different aspects of the art scene.  Very early on I realized what a rare and special opportunity this was and I made the most of it.  It was wonderful to meet so many artists, many times in their own spaces, and marvel at the depth and diversity of human beings' brilliance and creativity.  I also learned an incredible amount about taking photos of art and my already fluent Photoshop skills dramatically grew in new areas.  There may be a little more work to do, but yesterday I gave all the final shots to maestro Arnulfo and he seemed quite pleased.  In return he gave me a couple of his beautiful rugs.
 It doesn't get any better than this does it?  Gracias, all the maestros, for the whole experience.

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