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

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The second desfile - Dancin' in the streets...

This week, the rain stayed away and the delegations from all over Oaxaca got to strut their stuff... and yes, that is a woman dancing while holding a large turkey overhead.  Just think about that.... imagine dancing for hours with a large basket on your head or twirling a huge marmota (globe on a pole)... or carrying a large bird.
These annual desfiles are such visual treats with so many photo ops.  And they give the dancers, bands and spectators a chance to express extreme pride and happiness.
Infectious music fills the air....
So many looks and styles... and lots of smiles.
Every fifty meters, there was another group dancing.
And so many different traditional outfits, each one unique.
 All of this was before the actual procession began and went on for a couple of hours.
I love this amazing look from Santa Maria Zacatepec... wow, just wow.
 They are from the Sierra Sur Region.
The whole thing was exhilarating and there are lots of shots to come.

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