This photo has been scanned from Art and Antiques magazine. It is a photograph by Graciela Iturbide. It was taken in Juchitan, Mexico in 1979. She just won the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography.
This photo is fabulous on so many levels. The first, for me anyway, is that this lady could stand still with these creatures all over her head. You KNOW how I feel about "creatures", even little ones like scorpions and crickets. If you offered me a million dollars, I couldn't do what this woman is doing.
On another level, I actually have seen a woman down near Barre de Potosi walking around like this - about six or seven years ago. It was an awe inspiring sight.
And the last level, how patient did the photographer have to be to get this shot? How many shots did she take to get it right? Good job.
I have the opportunity to go to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec near Hualtuco the end of January for some incredible festivals and ceremonies. Part of the trip would be learning to cook the indigenous food in that area, which could possibly be iguana. I haven't decided if I'm going on this "adventure" yet or not................