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

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Guelaguetza 2012 - It begins

Here are some shots from yesterday's desfile or parade of delegations from all of Oaxaca's regions.
After a very late afternoon rain, the sun came out and well, you can see how wonderful things looked.
I got there early to shoot the arrivals and setups and it was a good thing I did because by the time the parade started the place was incredibly crowded.... and joyous. 
I always go to the park where the whole thing begins because it used to be calmer and easier to shoot.  Forget that for this year, it was absolutely wall-to-wall people.  I can only imagine what it was like down Alcala and into the zocalo where it really gets crowded.
 I wasn't the only watching the groups assemble.
 Now there's a face.
¡Viva musicos!
 A fair number of turkeys were being carried in the parade.
 And of course, absolutely stunning oaxaqueñas.

 So many wonderful faces and outfits!! And the whole thing happens again next Saturday!  I have hundreds of shots to go through and video as well, but I have to be quick here as I am off to the Feria de Hongos (mushrooms) in Cuajimaloyas up in the mountains.  More in a bit...

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