My daughter and I went to an eight day workshop during the Oaxaca Day of the Dead Celebration Oaxaca Mexico: October 25-November 5th 2019, we came early and left late in order to do our independent wandering.
I travel with my daughter to many locations, from Japan to Poland. It is a joy to travel with her because she is very organized and we share similar ideas about what and how to explore.
The workshop was excellent because we were embedded in the culture of Oaxaca. We visited families, craft workshops, and many markets. My daughter and I also went on some local walking tours. To find out information about the workshop here is the link. https://www.alexcoghe.com/teaching/
The photo website that I created really is designed to share our experiences. http://www.cysewski.com/america/Oaxaca/index.html
I used a Lumix GX9 with the 15mm 1.7 lens, a 25mm 1.8 Olympus Lens, and a Panasonic 12-35mm 2.8 lens. Most of the photographs were taken with the 15mm lens. I wished the GX9 had a better Electronic Viewfinder, but other then that it was fast and discrete and was ideal for the kind of photography that I do.
Oaxaca has many indigenous cultures that are reflected in the celebrations and in the politics. I was fascinated by the political graffiti, the cultures and the diversity of the experiences. Getting out of town also deepened our experiences. I highly recommend figuring out a way to get to know local people and people with local knowledge. The Alex Coghe workshop was excellent, the walking tours were valuable and doing research before we arrived enhanced our understanding.
There were some specific protests that helped to ground the street art into specific events.
Having some grounding in the cultures and the conflicts added an important dimension to our exploring.
Oaxaca, especially during the Day of the Dead Celebration is a rich and diverse photographic environment.
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