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

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

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Shirt shots cont.....

I love taking photos of people's shirts  I bet I have hundreds of them by now in a series called, "Do you know what you shirt says?"
 My last clean shirt and proud of it.
Hipster in the know.... Vinyl Rules.
I feel like I only get one out of ten good ones.  People walk by and if I can't get it together to ask, "Hey, can I take you picture for your shirt?"  they are gone and I am kicking myself for missing the opportunity.  It is actually a fun exercise and everyone always agrees... always.  It's crazy.  But not as crazy as some of the shirts.  These from the last couple of days.
A guapo from Tlacolula.  Santa Muerte looks serious.  I like the red eyes and the stud in his ear.
I should have shot this one from the side.  The young lady is very pregnant and the eyes and smile were perfectly placed.
I don't think I could pull this one off as well as she does.  Very cute, but I need those glowing red eyes.
And what does this one even mean. Sure, Mondays ruined his life. Good thing he has two extra hearts (r) ????


Louise Ducote said...

What a wonderful running theme! It's not easy to stop people and ask if they'd mind posing for a picture, but I'm always glad when I make myself do it. I once read that Walker Evans had a camera that appeared to shoot from the front while actually shooting out the side, so he could aim it in one direction while taking a photo of someone to his right. . .it sounds invasive, I realize, but he used it to get beautiful shots of people riding the NYC subways.

Christopher Stowens said...

Gracias, it is a really fun continuing project. And as I say, it gets easier and easier to ask people for the shots.

I know about that lens and I think you can still get something like it, but I simply shoot from the hip, which is always a crap shoot, but with practice, you can get some nice shots.