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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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Oaxaca at her best

These are shots from the second desfile of the 2014 guelaguetza.  It will take a couple of posts to do it justice.  Remember, that was the one in which they changed the route, but did not tell anyone.  I had to run across town and barely made it,  Still, what a total blast, all the dancing in the streets, the music, the trajes (traditional outfits), the pride, joy and exuberance from both the participants and the crowd that packed the street.  It was electric!
It was extra fun because people had such great vantage points as they sat high upon the walls near La Soledad cathedral.  The atmosphere was simply... joyous.
 As I said, Oaxaca at her best.
 And guapos galore.  Guapas, as well, but more in the next post.
 Elegant dancing from the dancers from Tehuantepec in the middle of the street.
 Each of the delegations from the eight regions were all so proud and so into struttin' their stuff.
Even the sun got decorated... oh, that's not the real sun.
These Flor de Piña dancers from Tuxtepec were really moving. 
The crowd always goes crazy for them.  I had to run just to keep up.  No problem.  One could float on the energy.
More in a bit...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Your fotos are super, you capture the spirit of the place and the people with excellent quality, clarity and color.