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

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

La Virgen de Guadalupe in Teotitlan del Valle

What better way than to celebrate Mexico's most important saint than with the danzantes in Teotitlan del Valle.  The day was glorious with vivid blue skies and intense sun.  Unfortunately, the dancers were in the shade all day, shaded by the huge trees on the southern side of the plaza.  So shooting was very challenging, dark images with intensely bright backgrounds.  Still, it was fantastic, as always.
In celebration of the Virgin, the dancers had newly woven or embroidered images of her on their capes, coronas (headdresses) or, for Malinche and Doña Marina, on their dresses.
What amazing work!  This is Monctezuma's cape.

Sequins in the center of this corona.
The Virgin was everywhere in many forms.  What amazing weaving!


More wow.

What a magical vision and such an honor to be there.

Yes, the dancers had faces and there are frontal shots.... in a while.

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