NatGeo Photo Workshop Review: Oaxaca — Day of the Dead

  Kongo is back from a fabulous Photo Workshop with National Geographic in Oaxaca, Mexico to capture the Day of the Dead celebrations.  This is a review of that workshop and National Geographic workshops in general.  Previously the monkey has attended NatGeo workshops in Santa Fe, New York, and San Francisco. Overview: The workshop was held in Oaxaca, Mexico from October 29 through November 4.  The format included daily classroom sessions that critiqued the results of shooting assignments, workflow methodology, photography techniques, and the National Geographic “way of doing things.”  The rest of the time was spent in the field…

Spooky Parades

Kongo spent last week in Oaxaca, Mexico participating in a National Geographic Photo Workshop themed after Dia de Muertos or Day of the Dead.  The monkey’s hotel, the Parado de Alcala was a great little boutique inn with only 21 rooms and suites.  Kongo lucked out and got one of the three rooms with a balcony overlooking a pedestrian only street in the center of historic Oaxaca City. The really cool thing about this balcony room was that the monkey got a better than birds eye view of all the activities going on below.  In Oaxaca they ought to rename the…

Children of the Dead

There are dead children in Oaxaca.  Hundreds of them.  They hold parades, hang out on street corners, and run wild in cemeteries.  These little ghouls are coming to get you.  They are adorable! Of course these kids aren’t dead dead.  They’re dia de muertos dead.  Day of the dead dead.  They’re actually very much alive.  If you think that kids in America like Halloween then you need to visit Oaxaca, Mexico during the Day of the Dead celebrations.  This is Halloween on a sugar high and it lasts for an entire week! Children everywhere love to dress up.  In Oaxaca…

The Dead Streets of Oaxaca

Kongo took the redeye to Oaxaca City (pronounced wa-HAH-ka) last night to this beautiful southwestern part of Mexico after connecting through Mexico City.  He arrived about 8 in the morning and since his hotel room wasn’t going to be ready until about 2 PM, it didn’t matter that the monkey had pulled an all-nighter getting here, he was off to check things out.  After all, you can sleep when you’re dead — and that’s the point of Oaxaca this week.  It’s Day of the Dead time! Kongo is here to join a week-long photography workshop led by National Geographic photographer…