Oct 172009
 
Mariachi serenading a couple in a restaurant.

Mariachi serenading a couple in a restaurant.

Mariachi music is one of the great traditions of Mexico, and Marachi bands are one of the instantly recognizable images of this wonderful country. The musicians play a variety of string and percussion instruments, and typically dress in fancy charro outfits. This unique style of music originated in Mexican colonial times in what is now the state of Jalisco, and is especially popular in Guadalajara.

The musician in this photo was part of a band serenading a local couple at a restaurant on the main plaza in Guanajuato. He was very serious and intent on his performance with his violin.

I took a lesson here from a recent post by travel photographer extraordinaire Nevada Wier,  suggesting that an approach other than straight on often yields a better photograph.

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