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

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The first desfile - Guelaguetza 2014

I have to go back over a week to begin catching up.  So here are shots from the first desfile, a week ago Saturday.  I miss it already.  I have shots from what seems like every year of these two caballeros from San Antonino, so as I walked up the street with them before it began, I asked them how many years they had been participating. They both replied, "Forty-three years."
They come in all ages
Each bringing a unique look from their region of the state.
These from la costa.
And of course, selfies are big.
Violin and guitar provide the music for those dancers.  It is always a repeating pattern, almost drone-like.
From the valles central
After a while, one is swept up in a wash of colors.
So many different traditional outfits and looks.
Dancing in the streets, happiness and pride abound.
And beauty.... there is a bit of that as well.
As I say, I miss the guelaguetza already, but one of the great things about this place is that it never really ends.  There is always something amazing happening.  Up next... the second desfile.... or maybe the mushroom festival... or maybe the kid dancers from Teotitlan del Valle.... or 

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