How many things happen in a city of over twenty million? Enough to keep a street photographer busy working at playing and loving what he does. Like shooting people, well, working, playing, and loving…
This gentleman was demonstrating the use of some rubber-coated wires which work wonders to do up hair the way Mexican ladies of all ages love to do for special occasions. And he was doing a very good job of it: selling one every two or three minutes, while constantly combing and uncombing a smiling plastic head.
One more reason street photographers love Mexico City? You can walk into a busy restaurant’s kitchen holding a camera and brandishing a foolish grin, and nobody will shoo you away as they would in most of the rest of the world…
This is one of my all-time favorite photographs. This kid on the rooftop tried desperately to get his kite to lift off for hours. Without much success. My worry was he’d tumble off the edge onto the pavement, many, many meters down.
Horse drawn carts still make their rounds in congested Mexico City. This gentleman was out to purchase scrap – old computers, television sets, refrigerators – from the residents of the historic city center. I love the way the refrigerator seems to spell “ISdEd”.
Eagerly awaiting his owner to come home, this pup shares a tiny balcony with random clutter.
The musical instrument in this photo is an organ grinder. Finding out the correct name in English turned out to be harder than expected. Getting away from their loud, tinny music in Mexico City’s center is even harder. One of the few cases where i hired a model: a five peso tip gets you the right to rattle off a few photos…
The Palacio de Bellas Artes is undergoing some kind of maintenance. The barriers to keep people out have been thoughtfully decorated with human silhouettes, such as the figure jogging in the background.
Love, Mexican style. This man carrying a large bunch of flowers was riding towards me slow enough for me to ask permission to shoot him, for him to grant it (along with a smile) and for me to rattle off three or four frames. Another of my favorite all-time photos.
All photos taken december 2012. I hope you enjoyed.
And best wishes for a happy end of what has turned out, all things considered, to be a truly wonderful year. Now off to start a new one with renewed enthusiasm. Thank you all for being here.