|Benita, Deek, 7 Braulio - Oaxaca|
|Fernanda & Adelina|
|Daniel & Fernanda playing "Lucha Libre"|
The people who were most present in my Oaxaca life were Adelina, the owner's domestic helper, her daughter Fernanda, and the owner's son, Daniel, who Adelina considers as one of her own. I was almost part of the family, and loved every noisy minute of it! I am so amazed at the joyful, "love life" temperament of Adelina & Fernanda. Thirteen hour work days, six days a week, and always laughter and fun. Much to learn here. No retirement plan in place, no union benefits, just hard work and a love for life.
|Nuns being serenaded|
|Balloon vendor - zocalo|
And then there is the zocalo, a non-stop circus performance all the time. No matter what time of the day you venture out, there is non-stop action, and a large audience to appreciate whatever is happening. I often go out for an after dinner walk when the heat of the day has subsided and the air is cool. I am not the only one out enjoying the evening breeze. There are always the mariachis working the sidewalk cafes and park benches. They always seem to find someone willing to pay for a serenade or a few nostalgic songs. Sometimes it appears to be divine intervention that makes their music permeate the evening calm.
|Festival de danza contemporanea|
|Classical street musician|
|Miercoles de Danzón|
And most importantly are all of the wonderful people that I was able to photograph and share those photos with. If you photograph people, it seems the only fair thing to do; they are so grateful for it. Thank you George Ancona for showing me how important that is. The portraits below are some of those people that are now friends. Click for a larger view, because they are all larger than life people. Adios amigos, ¡nos vemos pronto! You have taught me so much. Mil gracias!
|Benita & Braulio|
|La Familia Perez-Nochixtlán|
|Domingo & Kevin Racoon|
|Doña Angela - Teotitlan|
|Doña Rosa Maria - Bread vendor|
|Doña Aurora-Arte Seda|
|Don Fernando - baker|
|Oscar & Octavio - Café Morez|
Last years wrap up: