Mexico Street Photos
For some time now, I've wanted to profile pictures that I've taken during my various visits to Mexico. It's a country that has interested me a lot over the past 25 years and in many ways shaped who I am and also the photography that I've taken.
Images of Mexico can be varied in their approach and I've always focused on a particular style and genre. For me, it's people, places and day-to-day life away from any stereotypes that are created through media or anecdotally. The vibrant street markets, the food, people and sounds are difficult to convey in photography but what is often overlooked is the architecture and the history behind it. From the Maya, conquistadores and the revolution at the beginning of the 20th century which was a defining moment for modern-day Mexico. All can be found without looking too hard below the surface.
This collection of photos is focused on people and day-to-day life but in each you'll find emotion, colour, and passion.
They say that when the dust of Mexico lands on your shoes it never leaves you. When I first heard this I didn't believe it, but it's certainly something I've come to appreciate greatly.
The rainy season is part and parcel of Mexico life. occurring during the rainy season in August and September the inundation quickly gices way to sunshine and vibrant colours
The production of tortillas for families is an important fabric of day to day life. It's fascinating to watch the repetetive production line of a staple food which is never taken for granted
I photographed this man and his companion outside the Cathedral in Tepotzlan in the midday sun. His weathered features and simplicity of the picture is what drew me to photographing him
Captured in one picture, the Masa, the press and cooking of tortillas
Cooking and working are as much a social affair as well as working. Here in a market a group of workers swap stories as they cook for those who haven't yet arrived but for whom their product is a necessity
Salt cured beef
Not one to stand back from the photos I take, this vendor is selling salt cured beef for our evening meal. Selling meat in open counters and markets is a way of life and always fresh.
Travelling troubedors pass from stall to stall filling markets with music for those who pay and those that are just willing to listen. Always well presented, someone once told me that whatever your music tastes, as long as music is played with passion and authenticity, it should be listened to out of respect.
Fingers before forks
Be prepared to be offered as you eat here. this man was selling lottery tickets as this group eats.
When I visit a location new or familiar, i always head to the markets as thats where day to day life happens. The colours of the onions, tomatoes and chillis are no accident here reflecting the basic ingredients of the salsa which accompanies many of Mexico's dishes and also match the colours of the national flag, I always head to the markets as that's where day to day life happens. The colours of the onions, tomatoes and chillis are no accident here reflecting the basic ingredients of the salsa which accompanies many of Mexico's dishes and also match the colours of the national flag.
A more turistic market view in Tepotzlan. The hamacas, bags and locally made artefacts for tourists mix with everyday essentials. bartering is expected but with respect. I once remember making a bargain with a vendor in Coyoacan, (a popular district in South easten Mexico City), for a hand woven tortilla blanket, only for an unseen voice to bellow to the vendor that it was too cheap to seel at that price. The vendor's wife who was clearly in charge had been listening (unseen) and this was a signal that the price had been driven too low.
Architecture fascinates me here and the symmetrical view of this square in a church creates and conjures so many images as to the purpose and history behind them
Count the foods
Salsa, Tortas, Sopes and even Crickets grace this stall. The colours and tastes are not to everyones liking but there truly is something for everyone here
I'm not sure this vendor appreciated me photographing him but i wanted to capture his stall selling deep dried Crickets with Salsa and lime to compliment. A key to street photography is always to ask and always respect the answer, even if this turns out to be no.
Captured in the Zocalo (main square) of Cuernavaca, this tree was placed as a symbol of resistance to the violence that has plagued Mexico in recent years. Each piece of paper carries the names of one of the 43 teachers whi were kidnapped and murdered with the collusion of state police in Michoacan.
Captured in the centro Historico Zone of Mexico City in front of Bellas Artes and dilapidated buildings.
Even in a quiet side street on a sunday morning, music is a way of life in Mexico City. I captured this performer after hearing him walking from street to street playing for anyone that would listen to earn money for his songs. I could have sat and finished my breakfast but as a photographer, something inside should always say "move, photograph and experience". you never know if you'll see the same thing again.
Por encima del Angel
Photo taken from the viewing platform of El Angel de la independencia in Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City. This symbol of Mexican Independence is rarely open to the public and is accessed via a narrow spiral staircase inside the column. Captured on a clear December day with little pollution evident as it looks towards the Castle of Chapultepec.
Photo taken from the viewing platform of El Angel de la independencia in Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City. This symbol of Mexican Independence is rarely open to the public and is accessed via a narrow spiral staircase inside the column. Captured on a clear December day.
One man band
Photo captured of street performer in the Centro Historico Mexico City
This image was taken in a side street off of the main entrance to the Centro Historico. The performer was relaxing with her colleagues and kindly allowed us to photograph her. I like the candid and open nature of the shot and also the fact that she is still physically in character however chatting as normal. the colours and contrast make a dramatic backdrop too
Photo taken near Bellas Artes. This type of scene is very typical with refresco's, chicharron and patatas fritas available
Not something that you would normally see on a market however the Mexican wrestling masks which are now famous the world over can be bought in abundance.
Tortas y Tacos
Capturing this scene is reflective of every street market in Mexico. local family run stalls providing fresh handmade food cooked in front of you and offering a friendly atmosphere. these are an important social affair for Mexican's and allows for lively discussions as well as good food.
Calle cinco de mayo
Taken on Avenida cinco de mayo in the centro historico, Mexico City. I like to capture all forms of street life and I was drawn to this family who were playing the accordian for tips in a shelter. I always drop some money in their tins before I take their picture and always ask permission. On this occasion, the lady agreed but declined to let me take her picture with her face showing. She told me that this was because she believed that this would take her soul away. This picture shows the stark contrast between rich and poor in this city of contrasts.
Limpia del alma
Photo captured on the edge of the Zocalo. In this part of the centro historico, it seems you can encounter anything. Here a woman is having her soul cleaned using rosemary and smudge sticks. Believed to bring good luck and ward off bad spirits, each of the 20 vendors we saw were busy with people waiting.
Taken in the Zocalo this dancer is preparing for his routine for tourists