It seems that the square crop comes up more and more in my processing. It’s kind of a fun way to showcase a scene. Down in Mexico, everything was full of vibrant colors. You couldn’t look one way or another without seeing bright reds, greens, blues, yellows, everything really. That’s probably why in some cases it was fun to take a different look at a scene, and remove all the colors from it for a new feeling. This style reminds me a lot of the ‘old scene’ style photos, something that had been put away for years but still great to look at.
Wall of Faces
I love the way the geometry of this sculpture fades off in to the distance. It gives a great perspective of the magnitude of the wall. If you look to the near face, you’ll notice that each row consists of faces carved into the stones. This wall was a tribute to all the warriors that fell at Chichen Itza during their ceremonial ball games. Just one corner of the structure, you can begin to gain an idea of the number of people who lost their lives in this brutal yet awe inspiring game.
The Spiral Staircase
So I’ve noticed I’ve been posting a lot of non-HDR’s lately. Weird how your work can come in waves of different styles. I’m sure it’s noticeable based on what the theme of my inspirations is doing. That would be an interesting experiment.
Anyways, when you are in a new place for the first time, it’s always great fun to walk around and find different perspectives on simple things. Take this spiral staircase for example, we’ve all seen them in houses and buildings and such, but this one, built in to a very ‘Swiss Family Robinson’ esque tree house! With the overflowing gardens built into the buildings, and a part of where you walk around, you feel engulfed in the atmosphere of a different sort.
I don’t really remember where this place was… I remember that I was walking around a small town, and I think had even got my first cup of coffee since arriving in Mexico, a cappuccino actually. It was in a hitchhiked (well sort of, it was more of a pay a guy, and he let me ride with a tour group type deal) ride between Piste and Tulum. I was wandering around town one morning and I saw a few tour vans unloading at a gas station, and asked around for anyone with an open spot. It wasn’t long before I had a $10 open seat (I’m fairly certain this was significantly less than all the others on the ride) and a nice tour guide thru the Yucatan. Anyways, I just loved the open structure of this building, and earthy colors that complimented it.
Arches in Mexico
A perfectly warm summer day, spent exploring the northern Yucatan city of Merida. Shops line a lush plaza, where the community buzzed even on this weekday afternoon. I’ve always said how much I liked the feeling of community in other countries.
Welcome! After a long and bumpy gravel road somewhere outside of Chemuyil, Mexico, a small Mayan town, we began seeing signs for Cenote Hunaan Ha, which roughly translates to Water Godess or Lady Water, depending on who tells you about it. I wrote about this cenote late last year HERE (p.s. in case you were wondering, it’s been a whole YEAR since my adventure, and I enjoy reliving and telling stories of it thru these photos).
One thing we got to do while here was some free style cave diving. The two people you see in the photo ran the hostel I was staying at, along with his mother and his brother, who happened to be an experienced cave diver for the area. Once we got into the water, it quickly proved exciting for me to see how far we could get under into the caves before having to turn around. I began to get my water lungs, and became comfortable holding my breath for longer and longer periods of time. One time into the larger mouthed cave, I made it deep enough to make out an air bubble with my flashlight. After rounding up the brother, we made an all out attempt, swimming deeper into the cave than ever before, and coming up in a small air pocket just big enough to come up for a deep breath. It was a great spot to catch your second breath, and became a stopping point as we were able to go deeper into the cave. Things quickly become pitch black that deep under the earth, and the lush jungle waters that were full of life in the sun faded to the greys of cave life.
Down the path you’ll come to this crystal clear pool, which like I’ve said, feels pretty darn good on a Mexico summer day.