MEXICO CITY STREET PHOTOGRAPHY X BUMPER EDITION

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Here is the tenth and, for the time being, the final instalment of this series.  I´ve probably never been more esconced in the city than I am right now, CDMX (Ciudad de México) that is, as it is now known, at least in theory (more commonly in hashtags #).  El DF (Distrito Federal) lives on in the hearts of Chilangos and still splutters frequently from their tongues and mine.  I´m not going anywhere and still aim to be taking photographs daily on the streets, most frequently in the downtown of the city but also wherever else my feet take me (pata de perro certificada).  I plan to leave this space for some time, hopefully improve my photography, finally get a decent camera suited to these chaotic streets and reemerge sometime with an even better collection in, perhaps, a different format.

Below you will find 19 photos which make up this bumper edition.  Why 19?  The preceding 9 instalments were all made up of 9 to make a total of 81 so I decided to include 19 here to make it an even century (C).  The first ten photos are colour, the last nine black and white which probably breaks all the rules of how a collection of photos should be put together.  Ni modo, oh well.  I like to think it may reflect in some way the reigning chaos and disorder of the streets. I hope it works in some way, on some level, just like the city somehow finds a way to function despite the obstacles and challenges it faces.  I´ve heard photographers I admire say that the real skill in putting together a collection of photos is the ordering, something on which I can also no doubt improve.  The collection is eclectic, maybe you will find no rhyme or reason, the streets feel that way too, but after time recurring motifs become evident, something I will explore in more detail soon.  I hope you find something enjoyable, interesting or appealing here.

inverse tubularity

Inverse tubularity / Tubularidad inversa (Metro Aquiles Serdán)

lock up

Locking up / Cerrando (REpública de Cuba, Centro Histórico)

odd man out

Odd man out / Discordia (Filomena Mata, Centro Histórico)

fussy crossdressers

Picky cross-dressers / Cross-dressers quisquillosos (Eje Central, Centro Histórico)

metrobus man

I spy the outside world / Yo veo el mundo exterior (Balderas, Centro Histórico)

bowman

Daily life in Tenochtitlan / Vida cotidiana en Tenochtitlan (Zocalo, el ombligo de la luna)

rush hour

Rush hour / Hora Pico (Donceles, Centro Histórico)

gordito para el miercoles

FAT ONE WEDNESDAY (lottery).  Don´t forget to buy your ticket / GORDITO PARA EL MIERCOLES.  No olvides comprar tu boleto!

chorizohead

Rastafarian taquero aka chorizohead / Taquero de rastas también conocido como cabezadechorizo (Eje Central, Lagunilla/Garibaldi)

milkish

Milkish / Lechoso (Uruguay, Centro Histórico)

human tumbleweed

Human tumbleweed / Planta rodadora humana (Belisario Dominguez, Centro Histórico)

spokesman

Spokes-man of an era past / Ciclista de antaño (Venustiano Carranza, Centro Histórico)

joaquin

Joaquín:  Cuban, resident of the historic centre, bookseller, reader, wise man, philosopher…and more. / Joaquín:  Cubano, residente del centro histórico, vendedor de libros, lector, sabio, filósofo…y más (Alameda, Centro Histórico)

antonio

Antonio, ex-fisherman from Sonora and currently an empty cream container salesman (4 pesos -20c US), demonstrates the size of the largest marlin he has ever caught. / Antonio, ex-pescador Sonorense y actualmente vendedor de contenedores vacios de crema (4 pesos) demuestra el tamaño del marlin más grande que ha pescado en su vida. (República de Guatemala, Centro Histórico)

final moments of rest

Final moments of rest before descending to the chaotic subterranean world to entertain metro commuters / Últimos momentos de descanso antes de descender al mundo subterráneo para entretener pasajeros del metro (Metro Bellas Artes, Eje Central, Centro Histórico)

floating a few inches

Floating a few inches above the ground / Flotando unas pocas pulgadas arriba del suelo (16 de Septiembre, Centro Histórico)

chess

Concentrate on the game and the hilarious danger above / Concentre en la partida y el peligro chistoso arriba (Zocalo, Corazón de México)

grasshopper man

Grasshopper man / Hombre Chapulín (Parque de Chapultepec)

the hour ceases

The hour ceases / La hora cesa (Alameda, Centro Histórico)

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10 comments

    1. Thanks a lot Bill. I really appreciate your comment. I remember your comments from when I did my metro project around 4 years ago now when around 98 % of the photos were really crap..I think/hope I´ve made some improvement and sure hope there is more to come. Cheers and regards.

    1. Thanks a lot Maria! I hope I can keep getting better. I´ll be checking out all your sites! Hope to get a new camera soon, saving is tough in Mexico but I´ll get there. Best wishes.

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