Recently I was in Oaxaca which is without doubt one of my favorite cities in Mexico and why not in the world. Here some photos that I took with my Olympus and my Nikon camera.
On December 2018, I went to one of my favorites cities in Mexico, its name is Oaxaca. Oaxaca is a city located in the south part of Mexico and is full of culture, traditions and extraordinary food. In this post I will talk about Mezcal and photography.
Let’s start with Mezcal; its a distilled alcoholic beverage made from any type of agave. Agaves or magueys are found in many parts of Mexico, but most mezcal is made in Oaxaca. A saying attributed to Oaxaca regarding the drink is: “Para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien, también.” (“For everything bad, mezcal, and for everything good as well.”) It is unclear whether distilled drinks were produced in Mexico before the Spanish Conquest. The Spaniards were introduced to native fermented drinks such as pulque, made from the maguey plant. Soon, the conquistadors began experimenting with the agave plant to find a way to make a distillable fermented mash. The result was mezcal.
Today, mezcal is still made from the heart of the agave plant, called the piña. In Mexico, mezcal is generally consumed straight and has a strong smoky flavor. Though other types of mezcal are not as popular as tequila (made specifically from the blue agave in select regions of the country).
Now lets talk about Photography…
As I have already told in my previous posts, photography is my passion, since 3 year ago I decided to always carry a camera with me, as I am convinced that the perfect photo is the one that you have not taken yet, you need to be prepared always. In this case I was driving to a place named Hierve el Agua, which is amazing by the way, and in the road I found a small “palenque” or a place in which craft mezcal is done, I stopped and entered the place.
There were just to persons in charge of the business, Mr. Odilon (the man in the upper photo) was in charge and the production and the sales. As soon as I saw him I tough that I would need to take some photos to remember this moment, my strategy was to be kind, talk with him. After some minutes talking, he and I felt more comfortable so I start talking about photography and I asked him if I can take some picture and this is the result…
Tell me in the comments if you like the photos¡
Shooting in the streets and capture candid moments is not an easy task, it’s something that you need to practice, master and sometime you need to repeat to find the perfect candid moment.
In this post I want to link a concept that I read from a business blog, which is about the easiest way to classify people in organizations, in summary the post tell us that there are always 3 type of the people.
In sports Nadia Comaneci (considered the greatest female gymnast ever that won 5 Olympic Gold Medals, including the first ever “perfect 10” in Olympic History) clasisified these 3 type of people as:
“I noticed from a young age there are only three kinds of people in the world. Three kinds of people in the gym. Three kinds of people walking the streets. Three kinds of people working in every company.
Now coming back to street photography I encourage you to be part of the rare group, always do more than what is expected, always spend more time in the streets that what you would consider normal, always shoot more photos of the same moment to increase the odds of getting a real candid moment.
The only exception for me is to spend more time editing, editing photos is important but not as important as shooting, I try to spend no more than 2 min per photo…
If you have gone to Panama, you have might seen that there are many street barber shops. Yesterday a friend told me that he wanted to have his hair cut in one of this places and have a unique street photography to remember Panama from its roots.
I accepted the challenge and we went to one street barber shop, it was a good experience as this was the first time that I went to shoot with a clear image in my mind of what would be the end results, very different than in any other photowalk.
What I learned yesterday?
Here some images taken yesterday with my Olympus EM10 Mark II with the 17mm F1.8 lenses.
I want to share some recent street photography shoots that I took while walking in Mexico City, in La Condesa.
You will see that I like dogs, and in some of my street photos the dogs are the main subject. It is not easy as dogs are always a moving target, so my advice is to shoot many shoots and wait until you get the right one!
Any other advice just let me know!
Toro Bravo Photography
Graciela Iturbide is considered the most relevant Mexican photographer. She started studying cinematography and there she met Manuel Alvarez Bravo who is considered the father of Mexican Photography and who had a great influence in Graciela’s work.
Graciela still works with her analog camera as she prefer to keep doing what she called her ritual. Here my learnings:
Here some links that you can use to know her work.