He cultivates flowers in his backyard and also buys some of them from other growers so that he can offer variety to buyers. I saw him walking in the Andador Real de Guadalupe. His name is Jose; he is soft spoken and kind. (LP)
Abraham was our tour guide in Palenque, and his knowledge about the Mayas made our visit a lot more interesting. He holds a college degree and a diplomado on the Mayan Empire. He also leads hiking tours into the jungle, so that people get to see the habitats, fauna, flora, and amazing landscapes of La Selva de Chiapas. (LP)
This 5 year old asked me to buy some of the handmade stuff that his mother makes. He is just a little boy, one who answers ‘yes’ to almost everything –including my asking if I could take his picture. I have no idea what kind of parents he has, and although he’ll grow up a hardworking man, I wonder: What about his creativity, his intelligence? and more importantly, What about him playing every day like a 5 year old, instead of having to work? (LP)
La Capitania Restaurant and Kawak Chocolateria are in the same location, and I recommend this place highly, specially because they treat you very well. The amicable man in the picture welcomes you, offering a list of delights: posh chocolate, desserts, and of course gourmet, traditional Mexican platillos. Host and waiter at the same time, he is dressed up in a traditional costume. He reminds me of Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon, one of the caudillos and a beloved figure in Mexican history. (LP)
Most people think that Ambar is a gem, but it is a resin. Interesting enough, the only place in Mesoamerica where you can find it is in Chiapas, Mexico, in the high sierras located in the Northern and Central parts of the state. This reseller explained to me that real Ambar looks imperfect whereas fake, perfectly looking Ambar actually is a piece of glass more than anything. (LP)
When you ask someone if you could talk their picture, somehow the photograph tends to be less natural than when you take it impromptu. But it is also great when someone agrees with you, and you capture not only their image but something about their life. And that’s how I learned a little more about some of the usual suspects in San Cristobal de las Casas. . ( Lupita Peimbert.)
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The thing about asking someone permission to take his photo is that he becomes aware you are taking the photo even though you try to make it as candid as possible. The raw moment is lost. One way to handle it is to say you will be taking photos and then just go about your business. Professional photographers take photos of their models in a setting but they don’t have the models pose, but to react in natural movements while the photographer captures their movements.
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I so agree. I like to take pictures when people aren’t looking. I rather action pictures than the ones where the subject poses. These pictures are the result of my experience in Chiapas. People here are very special. And I just feel like capturing something about them. However, locally there is a general belief that a picture may take someone’s soul and so people are reluctant, and I want to be respectful of that. Thank you for your comment Augustine! 🙂
I so agree.