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

Saturday, July 15, 2017

And then it rained...

It was sprinkling when I left the house, but by the time I made it into the city, not a drop was falling. The first desfile, the parade of delegations of dancers from the the various regions in town for Monday's official guelaguetza, was due to start in ninety minutes.   As always, I was early... gringo tendencies.  The streets were dry.  The musicians were getting ready.
The dancers were just starting to arrive.
It was a perfect time for close ups.
Friends from Tlacolula.
Classic looks...
So many wonderful outfits and dancers.
And then... the rains started, quite a bit before the scheduled beginning of the procession.
Like that would stop people... ja!
Dancing in the rain...... just sublime.


The Observer said...

The masked stranger is a truly superb photograph. Congratulations.

Billy Nichols said...

Why is the Guelaguetza so early this year? I thought it was always the last 2 Mondays in July.

Christopher Stowens said...

It's because the last Monday falls on the 31st. Hey, I don't make the rules ;-)

Billy Nichols said...

I read somewhere that if the first Monday falls on July 18th which is Benito Juarez's BD, the Guelaguetza celebration then takes place the following Monday. I've never heard that the Guelaguetza is pushed up a week if the last Monday of the month falls on July 31st. Interesting -- I wonder why the 31st makes a difference? It would be interesting to know. I enjoy looking at your photos.