Mexico Retro

I love photos. I love Mexico. I love photos of Mexico. Most of all I love old photos of Mexico. There’s a shared romance and nostalgia that both create individually, but that works better together. I’ve come across old photos of Mexico before, from the Cornell collection. I came across a blog post (thank you Facebookers!) with a collection of snaps today. They never get boring.

I can’t take old photos of Mexico. Not until time machines become affordable, anyway. But I can fake old photos. Well, I can – and did – try. I prefer the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s look.  I have a set of photos on Flickr which I have run through filters. I’ll add to this set one day. Hopefully I’ll get better with a bit of practice.



10 thoughts on “Mexico Retro

  1. Kim G says:

    I loved those old photos of Mexico. It’s amazing though. Aside from the removal of the park in the Zocalo, the rest is the same as it ever was. Mexico has such an amazing patrimony in its colonial architecture. Hopefully the Mexican people preserve it for at least another five hundred years.


    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where our 95 year old house is a young whipper-snapper in comparison.


    • Hopefully the Mexican people will be able to preserve it against the forces of nature that would bury it. Failing that, let’s hope the next generation of Mexicans put as much care and effort into digging it out as they do with Templo Mayor…


  2. I’m going to have to dig through a crate of old photos that belonged to my parents….we spent so many summers in Mexico when I was little; I know there are tons of old photos of Mexico in there. Wow, another photo project. Thanks Gary!


  3. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for the link. I loved the old photos…how interesting that familiar places were so much the same and so different. What was really notable was how quiet it looked, the lack of crowds, especially around the zocalo and the Vera Cruz port. Actually…everywhere!


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