“The Benevolent Dragon or Iguana”
Oaxaca, Mexico. March 2013
“Iguanas symbolize and teach the importance of respecting and remembering our dreams, facing our fears, and moving in the underworld. Their power lies in the ability to save itself from danger by leaving a part of itself behind.”
The image on the left shows a pregnant Iguana and to the right are baby Iguana’s who are just a few weeks old.
Our time living on the coast was just at its end. We were sad to leave but also excited to get back to San Miguel de Allende to some fresh air and to our friends. A couple of days before leaving we came across a sanctuary for Iguana’s not far from Mazunte. I asked the keeper if there was any way I could possibly photograph the baby iguanas and he said early in the morning would be best. Their bodies would still be cool and they would be slower at running/moving rather than later in the day. Initially I photographed his wife but later when I looked at the image I felt somehow there was something missing. I asked another woman Isis if she might be interested and she said “of course! it’s not often you get asked to model with Iguana’s on your head”. So the next morning we set out. My husband Sky was in charge of getting the baby iguanas to pile on top of each other on her head. She stood there chanting while they crawled all over here until the perfect moment arrived and they stood still.
There were about 20 baby Iguanas we used from the sanctuary. Here is an image of their gorgeous color.
This was the fist woman I photographed. I felt that somehow there was something still missing, so I re-shot it the following day with Isis.