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

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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Carnaval in Teotitlan del Valle cont....

This is a celebration for the entire village and people come out to watch the festivities. It makes for good people watching and candid portraits.
It is so nice to see multiple generations in one shot.
Not everyone is amused.
There is a large open plaza in front of the municipal building just south of the church.  There is also a little museum there and many of the weavers have stalls where they sell their work on a daily basis.  It is also a perfect space for gathering.  There are plenty of seats and good vantage points.   The whole area is lined with chairs, where eventually the men will sit on one side and the women on the other.  There are no bad seats.
I love the looks on people's faces.  It is a contagious happiness.  Feel it?
Lots happening in this shot.
And here's what they are watching, the viejos making their entrance and meeting the village leaders.
They present everyone with a few sprigs of poleo, a herb.
There is such a pride in observing these traditions.  They wear it well.
 Back for the final day tomorrow.

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