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, November 1, 2013

Muertos in Atzompa

Atzompa is one of our favorite places to visit on the 31st.  Unfortunately, it has become a favorite for tour buses as Xoxo is now way too crowded to even contemplate visiting.  So we get there early.  Atzompa's thing is candles, velas, and the atmosphere is always ethereal.  People are friendly and of course, there is a band playing at 11.... and that is volume, not o'clock.  Still the scene is beautiful and challenging to shoot because it is so dark with only candlelight to work with.  That is the city in the distance in the shot above.  Beautiful, isn't it?  There are little pockets of light in which one can see family members huddled around graves.  They are quiet, but not sad.
I think this is my favorite shot of the night.  It says much.
 A little tighter shot.  I talked to this gentleman for a bit.  He was fine and happy to be waiting for the souls of his family to arrive.
Gotta go.  Off to San Antonino and Teotitlan del Valle for more......

1 comment:

Bill Davis said...

The images are wonderful! Thanks for being there and posting these wonderful pictures of muertos. Maybe next year. Take care