ESCARAMUSA KALEIDOSCOPE Initially I was on assignment in San Antonio for “Latina” magazine covering a group of women who were re-enacting a 16th century tradition called Escaramusa, which took place at a Charreada (Mexican Rodeo) during the rodeo’s half time. The control these ladies, dressed in floral petticoat dresses, exhibited as they rode side saddled on their horses was beyond imagination. Upon completing my assignment I realized an aerial view of these riders would be striking. It soon morphed into a conceptual art project where I designed patterns for the women to ride in. Since most of the patterns fit into a square format I started playing with the idea of multiple images coming together to form a geometric piece I have since titled “Kaleidoscopes” I had very little time to create the layouts I wanted and even less time to acquire a hydraulic lift to take me up forty feet over the riders and their horses. I stayed up for two nights straight putting all the pieces together for this production. The day of the shoot was windy which really made it difficult trying to keep the lift steady when I was taking long exposures to get the blurred images in the kaleidoscope. To watch five women, each on horseback, racing at high speeds only a few feet from three ladies sitting in the middle of them was breath taking. One little mistake and the ladies could be killed or severely injured. But these ladies were at one with their horses and knew exactly how to maneuver them perfectly. Since Escaramusa was a 16th century tradition I decided to make the images sepia toned to give it an old world feel. The individual photos that make up this “Escaramusa” kaleidoscope are available for purchase as well as the 9-piece and 81-piece kaleidoscopes. They are printed on a premium fine art archival paper or on metal. They are a limited edition of 45 with 2 artist proofs. Please contact our studio if you are interested in the 9-image or the 81-image kaleidoscopes. The 9-image kaleidoscope is a limited edition of 20 with two artist proofs. The 81-image kaleidoscope is a limited edition of 7 with 2 artist proofs.