The here and now... and what and why
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.
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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For additional photography please visit my flickr page.
You can find my music on Jango (World & latin - Worldbeat) and at iTunes and most online stores.
¡Soy consciente de todas las tradiciones del Internet!
If you are coming to Oaxaca, please contact me for tours or advice.
The hereafter re me
- Christopher Stowens
- Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
- Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Street Art cont....
Visual hallucinogenic or a piece intended to make one look and perceive it as art? In the eye of the beholder, as always.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Guelaguetza - Etla
Flor de piña again.More later, but I wanted to post a couple of shots.
Yes, the dancer above had a partner.My everyday market! I think I was the only gringo there. What a blast!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Teotitlan del Valle
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Put the two shots together and it makes quite a statement.
Lojack? No need. People have their own effective security devices.
Friday, July 23, 2010
"Killer Governor Falls"
from John Ross at Counterpunch
As the preliminary election results began to flow this past July 4th, Ulises Ruiz Ortiz (URO), Oaxaca's outgoing governor whose police state tactics have been dissed on every strata of Mexican society from the nation's Supreme Court to the Zapotec market vendors in his state capital, was not a happy camper. Early returns overwhelmingly favored Gabino Cue, the candidate of a bizarre left-right alliance over URO's chosen successor Eviel Perez for governor of this impoverished southern state and Ulises began to drink heavily.
Soon, according to eye-witnesses as reported by Proceso magazine, Ruiz got on his cell phone to trash former aides, accusing them of betraying him and threatening great bodily harm. Indeed, his ex-Secretary of Government Jorge Franco took the threats to heart and reportedly fled Mexico.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Mezcal Festival - Feria de Mezcal
I used to collect the posters for this event because they were always so beautifully done, real works of art. This year, not so much. I mean the guy looks like the Fonz.
Si toma, no maneje.
If you drink, don't drive.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Street Art cont....
I am sure that this is how this caballero has dressed for years, a classic look, but what a look!
I wonder if I could pull it off... make it all the rage in NYC.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Guelaguetza -Oaxaca 2010
The flor de piña dancers from San Juan Bautista Tuxtepec, always crowd favorites. Easy to see why. And that's the thing. Normally, oaxaqueños are not all that happy to be photographed and lots of times, they ask that you not do it. However, for the guelaguetza, it is, "Here I am. Shoot me already." And to be fair to the one blocked out in the shot. There is a reason why oaxaqueñas are renown for their beauty.
These outfits, all the rags, are so similar to ones I shot in the Caribbean. Same with these guys on stilts.One can get pretty tired dancing on stilts for a couple of hours.And it all happens again next Saturday. The whole two weeks are packed with events. Still time to come.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
It is all about Bea(triz)
One of the best things about shooting these fiestas a few times is that one learns how the events unfold or, in the case of la calenda, the path they walk throughout the village. Knowing this. I was able to shoot at one location and then run to the next and be waiting to shoot it all over again.There were perhaps two hundred young women and girls marching this year. It was spectacular.
One of the the best moments for me was seeing Beatriz, the daughter of Antonio and Claudia Ruiz, my zapotec friends, marching in her first calenda. I have watched her grow up and her smile lit up the world. It doesn't get any better than this. Her proud family. With Antonio a couple of years ago.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Teotitlan del Valle - Fiesta - Un sueño, a dream
The people of Teotitlan have been so friendly, this event so special, that once I get it together and find some time to write up the experience, I hope I can do them and it justice. But for now, some early shots of la calenda and la danza.Doña Marina and Malinche, two halves of the same coin.With MotezumaHigh flyin'