Thursday, December 13, 2018

Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe / Tepetzingo Estado de México

 Catholics in Mexico go to church with their virgin, which is blessed by the priest. 

Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe is a public holiday, schools and most businesses are closed.

 I stood outside the church taking photos of people carrying their virgin. I was amazed by the different sizes, types and ages of the virgins. 

The story says Juan Diego encountered the Virgin Mary twice in Mexico City, on December 9 and December 12 in 1531. According to legend, Mary told Juan to ask the bishop to build a church on Tepeyac Hill. However, the bishop needed proof of Juan’s encounter and asked for a miracle. Juan returned to the hill to see roses in a spot where there were previously cacti. When Juan Diego returned, he showed the roses to the archbishop and also revealed an image on his cloak of the Lady of Guadalupe. The bishop was convinced of the miracle and built a church in honor of the event.

Children are dressed in traditional costumes and are blessed in churches. 

Our Lady of Guadalupe Documentary - Amazing Scientific Analysis

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

A Funeral in Mexico

This was the death of a friends grandmother who was 96 years old. I never met the lady but half the town of Tepetzingo were there to show their respects. As the mourners marched the casket through the small town people were mostly solemn, a few wept, while the pallbearers took turns caring the casket. 

 The photo above was taken the night before the funeral. This vigil service lasted all day and into the late night. Friends and family sat mostly silently as bread and drink were served.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Emerson, Lake & Palmer Concert 1977

 ELP was a favorite band of mine back in the 70's
I got up close and on the stage for these shots.

 Greg Lake died on 7 December 2016 after suffering from cancer.

Keith Emerson died on 11 March 2016, of a gunshot wound to the head ruled as suicide.

Carl Palmer is still working to this day and is one of the most respected drummers in the history of rock.


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Friday, November 23, 2018

The Photographic Art of Ariadna Cuadriello

Ariadna lives in Mexico and has been a photographer for 10 years. Her work can be found in magazines and has been featured in exhibitions in the US and around the world. Ariadna has two qualities that are essential to a great photographer, a curiosity about life, which comes from her love of nature and a love of art, which she acquired from her father. In this video we’ll talk to Ariadna and look at her work.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Día de la Revolución

Revolution Day is an official Mexican government holiday, celebrated annually in Mexico on November 20th, marking the start of what became the Mexican Revolution.

That's me, I just had to get in on the act.