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

Friday, December 23, 2016

La Noche de Rabanos

La Noche is easily one of the best days of the year in Oaxaca.  I try to get there early to watch the setup and to avoid the massive crowds that descend on the zocalo as the day progresses.  Well, that was the plan and it sorta worked out, but the crowds came early as well.  Still, wow, what a time.
For me, having shot this for event for so many years, I love seeing the faces of the competitors I recognize.  I have made some good friends through Rabanos.
And it is much more than rabanos, radishes.  There are flor imortal (dried flowers) and works using only corn husks.
People work for months to create some large works, but the radish art is strictly a one day thing.  La Catrina and her daughter, Frida.
The detailed work can be remarkable.  This from a large panoramic.... all in radishes.
Really, it is way too much to take in in a single post.  I could never do justice to the incredible vision, artistry and talents of the many contestants.
Fortunately, I have lots of shots to go through.... so more mañana

1 comment:

Julie Schubert said...

Feliz Navidad Chris!
Thank you for the wonderful photos of "La Noche de Rabanos" ............ someday I will be there to experience it in person! (Missed it by a day many years ago..... didn't know about it until we were down there :( ).