Two Walks in Oaxaca

Oaxaca draws me back, time after time. Since 2005 I have visited this city of half a million inhabitants many times. Like most visitors to this city in southern Mexico, I stay in the historic district, which like the historic districts of many former Spanish colonial cities, is home to beautiful churches, Spanish colonial architecture,…

Panoramic view of the archaeological reconstruction at Monte Albán

Reflections on Oaxaca

Over the past ten years I have visited Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico about forty times. During that period, I visited the city at least three times per year, and some years more. Understandably, my impressions of the city and the state of Oaxaca have evolved over the years. When I first arrived in  Oaxaca, I delighted in…

Dapper lady skeleton dressed in a bonnet, feather boa, and beautiful pink gown.

Everyone Loves La Catrina

Every year during the annual celebration of the Day of the Dead in Mexico, La Calavera Catrina resumes her celebrity status. This is especially so in the state of Oaxaca, where the cultural significance of the Day of the Dead is especially strong. Usually referred to simply as La Catrina, “La Calavera Catrina” translates into…

A view of the administrative building of the Autonomous University Benito Juárez of Oaxaca

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Artists Conduct Workshops in Oaxaca

Since 2009 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater artists have visited the city of Oaxaca in Mexico to participate in art related activities. Last week UW-Whitewater faculty again conducted art workshops for students and professional artists in Oaxaca.  Professors Michael Flanagan and Max White completed a week of workshops on January 13, 2014 hosted by the Universidad Autónoma…

Night scene with candles illuminating a wall of tombs at the main cemetery in the city of Oaxaca.

Day of the Dead – Three Cemeteries

The Day of the Dead celebrations in Oaxaca include elaborate attention by family and friends to the grave sites of the departed. And while the traditions in each cemetery are similar and have the same purpose, the customs in each cemetery may differ from community to community. In this album three cemeteries from the state…

Tourism Photography vs. Other Realities / Fotografía del turismo contra otras realidades

Following the rules of photographic composition usually renders idealized versions of reality. Anyone learning to produce pleasant looking photographs will consider the “rule of thirds,” the importance of lighting, the importance of the foreground and background, the elimination of clutter, and so forth. Yet, as beautiful as many of the resulting photographs might be, they…

Guelaguetza en Oaxaca 2012 – calenda 28 de julio

(English version follows below) Aquí se encuentra una galería de más de cien fotos dedicada a los participantes de la calenda de guelaguetza que sucedió en la ciudad de Oaxaca el día 28 de julio, 2012.  Todas las fotos se pueden copiar libremente para uso personal. Para cualquier otro uso, que me contacten por favor.…

Guelaguetza en Oaxaca 2012 – calenda 21 de julio

Aquí se encuentra una galería de fotos dedicada a los participantes que marcharon en la calenda de guelaguetza en la ciudad de Oaxaca el día 21 de julio de 2012. La galería contiene más de cien fotos, la mayoría de las cuales son retratos individuales. Hay varias que no son perfectamente sacadas, pero las incluí…