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, February 16, 2018

More Carnaval - San Martin Tilcajete

It is hard to take in the many looks and aspects of carnaval in San Martin Tilcajete.  Also, as a visitor, an alien, it is impossible to take in all the background, the traditions, the subtleties, the things you had to be born there to know.  There are families that have participated for years, long before it was the place to be for tourists.  I wonder what they think of all the attention.  I mean, all those people sticking cameras in their faces... uh, me, included.  Here are some of the candid portraits I manged to snap.  The bride.....
Her (his) attendants...
"Please, Mister, get me outta here."
And some not so cute looks....
Some muxe, Mexico third gender joined in the festivities.
 And girls with moustaches...
And unmasked....
And the classic look....
And my favorite, Juana from Matlacihua Arte, holding one of her masks... the horns are not hers.  There was another mask behind her that just happened to line up.  Her husband, Jesus Sosa Calvo, liked the shot.
One suggestion I would make is that there should be many more food vendors earlier in the day.  The crowds were huge and they could have made a fortune.... uh, I was hungry and could have gone for just about any kind of food.  The area is famous for empanadas (hint, hint).

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