The Photowalk

There are some terrible flaws in my Mexico City reportage. Highlighted on Friday when I went on a photowalk with the chap who smuggled brought my camera into the country for me. He had a map, which he referred to frequently. I have a tendency to just randomly wander. The result being I’m often not sure of exactly where I’ve been or what I’m writing about. He also stops to ask the history of places, whereas I just snap, snap again to be sure, and move on blithely ignorant of what it was I was snapping so earnestly. I must learn to pause for thought sometimes.

I did at least partly redeem myself. I guess my speciality is in finding places to climb to get those cool ‘up on high’ photo opps. Not just the obvious places, such as Izta the giant mountain on the outskirts of the city. So few people know you can also clamber up onto the roof of the Metropolitan Cathedral for a bargain price of 15 pesos, and get a fabulous view of the Centro Historico, and Zocalo in particular. At the moment, with the rain cleansed skies, you can even seen Popo and Izta.

There’s also the Obregon monument, although the view from the top there, last Monday, was obscured by heavy cloud cover. That’s still a bargain 10 pesos though, although on this occasion we weren’t given the essential candles to navigate the tight spiral stairway to the top.  Still. Anyway, I have a decent collection of photos from our photo walk, from Plaza Garibaldi through winding back streets, inside old broken down churches and on to that cathedral roof. Click here to see them.


6 thoughts on “The Photowalk

  1. This is a stunning post! I just love the blue skies and sunshine.

    I like being up in elevated places too. I just love the views and even more so on a clear, sunny day. But I also take down millions of notes and like your friend, like to know exactly what I am photographing.


  2. Nez says:

    I definitely appreciate knowing what it is I’m taking a picture of, or what it is that I am seeing. I’ve looked at some of the pictures in flickr, they’re some of the most crisp and vividly colorful photographs I’ve seen from your different flickr albums. Keep it up! It motivates me to improve my own lackluster photography skills. Oh and thanks for the tip on the Metropolitan Cathedral. I’ll keep that well in mind when I’m in the area!


    • Other good high points to snap from that are so obvious people often seem to miss them, are the cafe in Sears opposite Bellas Artes on the 8th or 9th floor, and the Holiday Inn hotel restaurant which overlooks the Zocalo.


  3. Kim G says:

    Nice shots. I especially like the silhouette of the men on the scaffolding. I don’t remember seeing that on our walk, though. I also like the one with the umbrellas against the desaturated building. Very nice.

    But it also seems like we took a few of the same pictures. It would seem that neither of us can resist spiral staircases. But mine are different, so nothing to worry about.

    These pictures should also be remembered as something historic. It was about the clearest possible day in Mexico City. We will be lucky to ever again see such a clear day. And will likely almost never again see such a clear day AND snow on Itza and Popo.

    I’m glad we were out shooting that day.


    Kim G
    Boston, MA


    • The guys on the scaffolding were on their way down for a tea break while we were on the roof of the Cathedral. Mexicans move fast when taco time is near…blink and you missed them!

      But yep, those skies do make for a photographic feast though! And it’s been clear for so long no….what three weeks? Four?

      It was indeed a good day’s shooting though!


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