~ Published Articles ~
Desert Leaf January 2018 “Exploring Colonial Lima Peru” story and photography by Dan Chavez, see page 14 at the following link: https://goo.gl/sB4eEH
Desert Leaf December 2016 "Our Lady of Guadalupe: A Woman for the Ages" story and photography by Dan Chavez, see page 42 at following link: https://bit.ly/2vUEy8H
Desert Leaf Oct 2016 cover story "The Spirit of Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul" story and photography by Dan Chavez, see page 42 at following link: https://bit.ly/2HXaPkC
Desert Leaf Jan 2016 cover story “Second Chance for Vintage Fire Trucks” photography including cover photo by Dan Chavez, story by Alan Petrello, see page 42 at following link: https://bit.ly/2r2DF9t
Desert Leaf Oct 2015 "Post Card from Havana" article and photography by Dan Chavez, see page 14 at following link: https://bit.ly/2jcQaed
Dan Chavez, Tucson, AZ
~ Fine Art
~ Articles in Development ~
"Mexico City, Must See Must Do": With an infinite number of historic sites, museums, galleries, and parks planning a trip and deciding what to see and do can be a daunting task. The article will recommend the best of the best focusing on sites each from the City’s indigenous past, its Colonial splendor, and the renaissance that followed its 19th century war for independence and the 20th century revolution.
”Andalusian Road Trip”: This southernmost region of Spain is steeped in the popular images of Spain as the land of flamenco, ruined alcazars (castles), cavernous byzantine cathedrals, Mudéjar architecture, and bullfights. I decided to best way to explore the region would be to do a road trip renting a car to travel around the provinces visiting the cities of Sevilla, Cordoba, Rhonda, Málaga, and Granada. Cordoba’s focus is on the history of the great Mezquita (Mosque) and the Caballerizas Reales or Royal Stables. The focus in Ronda is its bullring, one of the oldest in Spain and at 66 meters in diameter, is the largest in the world. The bullring is significant because it is where modern bullfighting on foot had its origin in the 18th century. Málaga is important as Picasso’s birthplace. As one of the most important artists of the 20th century, his Museo Picasso Málaga is a major destination for visitors to the area and a must see. Granada is significant as the site of the Alhambra; it is also the home of Zambra genre of flamenco that originated in the caves the hillside of Sacromonte in the gypsy quarter.
"Argentina’s Amazing Gauchos": Since first visiting Argentina’s small town of San Antonio de Areco I have been captivated by its gauchos and their extraordinary equestrian skills. The article will explore Areco’s Fiesta de Traducciones, a two day festival dating back over 75 years, along with its customs of carne de res asado or grilled beef, folk music and dancing, and the amazing horsemanship of the gauchos as they compete in the events of herding, horse breaking, racing for the ring and horse training as well as the final day's gaucho parade through the historic center.
"Semana Santa de Sevilla": Sevilla's Holy Week is one of the city's biggest annual festivals and is marked with great solemnness and religious pageantry consisting of reverent processions each day of pasos, floats of lifelike wooden religious sculptures with some of the sculptures dating back to antiquity. The devoutness of the Penitentes, Penitents dressed in their robes carrying oversized candles, the devoutness of the Cotaleros, the men who carry the pasos, and the bands playing funeral dirges slowly winding their way through the narrow streets is like stepping back into a bygone era.
“Feria de Sevilla”: The focus shifts 180 degrees from the piousness and penitence of lent to the merriment of music, wine, food and dancing that is Feria. The annual spring festival dates back to 1847 and was originally established as a livestock fair for cattle ranchers to bring their livestock to market. Today it has evolved into a fesitival where casetas, colorful tents, become alive with the rhythmic sounds of guitar music and the lively dancing of the Sevillanas, a festive genre of flamenco unique to the area, vino tinto and tapas!
"Polo -Culture, Traditions and Pageantry": The article will explore in words and images Argentina’s celebrated polo culture, traditions and pageantry. The article will cover polo’s history and development; the breeding, training and marketing of the polo ponies; polo player ranking and training; and lastly the sights, colors and spectacle of the Argentina Open, one of the world’s premier polo tournaments held every year in November and December in Buenos Aires.