One morning when I went to the fruit stand to buy a fruit salad for breakfast, the lady told me her daughter was going to be in the parade. I asked her where it would be and when. The girls tended to all be butterflies because Patzcuaro is about a four hour drive from the Monarch butterfly reserve. There is more variation in the boys’ costumes.
The Two Marias were women who had lived in Santiago all their lives when it was a really small town. They were loved and admired by many people. When they died, the city put a statue of them in the Alameda park. On a busy Sunday afternoon, many people stop and take pictures of themselves and friends with the statue.
Lately I have been just as interested in what I hear on the street as what I see. On Saturday, I sat on a bench next to a woman who was talking angrily to a friend. She never stopped to even take a breath. I thought this would make a great sound track for something unrelated. On Sunday I was in the park again and noticed how many people stopped to photograph themselves with the statue. I started taking pictures of them. Then it hit me. These would be perfect with the lady. I’ll make the video but then I thought you have those videos of New York, Washington and even Patzcuaro which you have not yet made. Do them first. I thought again and decided to make this video while I was excited by the experiences.