Sombreros and stilettos

So we’re back in one of our favorite (and warmest) Nafta countries – Mexico – and my daily “blipping” has continued.  Over 300 entries so far with nearly 80,000 views.  AAG_8194Zihuatanejo is just a little part of the Mexican cosmos but it is not lacking in human photographic subjects.  I used to be impressed when I saw a sombrero, and my heart beat a little faster when a fancy pair of shoes walked by.  Well, I need to tell you that both are ubiquitous symbols of Mexico.

My photographic journey through Mexico / life is a sociological one.  You can find all my daily photo blogposts at but if you want a bit of guidance, here are some of my favorites from the last few weeks.  Lots of links but don’t despair … just look at the ones which interest you.  (Oh, and inside the introductions to the photos, are further links to Flickr collections.  You will really have to be curious to go to those but there are some really worthwhile diversions).

Jan 15 – The Old Man and His Burro – A rather iconic look at a rural chap (not Don Quixote but maybe Sancho Paza) and his humble beast of burden.

Jan 22 – Market Maker – The diversionary actions when one does not want to encounter a handicapped person looking for help.

Jan 23 – Petisko – A friendly young lady with a big smile who manages a new deli cum alternate food store in town.

Jan 24- Hasta Lunes – A beautiful Indian woman who usually gestures angrily when I try to photograph her, but she has become my friend.

Feb 01 – The Seamy Side – Two fellows and a hooker who have been partying all night.  The Flickr set is a little risqué but it is part of local life.

Feb 02 – Backbone – A tattoo from Proverbs running all the way up & down the spine of the model.

Feb 05 – Model Mexicanas – I chanced upon a photoshoot in process at the Marina, and they allowed me to join (probably because I had a Nikon).

Feb 07 – Los Pobres – the quintessential hombre, probably my age, and his sad face and white sombrero.

Feb 13 – Red Lipstick – I just happened to have some red lipstick in my pocket to enhance his pre-Valentine’s day photo.

Feb 16 – In the Iglesia – I loved this Indian woman who had spent quite a lot of time alone in the local Catholic “cathedral”.

Feb 18 – People of the Dump – A visit last week to a community of people who recycle and scavenge at the local dump.  Market based and a little sad.   AAG_7923

Do send me comments if you like … or just press the delete key.


About Al Doerksen

I'm sort of a vocational tramp; my working career divides about evenly between non-profit and the business worlds. I have lived in Mexico, India, Germany and Canada, and now USA. I've had the good fortune to travel to 90 countries of which at least half are developing countries. The last 25 years of my "career" have involved significant (and enjoyable) international management challenges: travel industry, furniture manufacturing, food (aid) programming and ultraviolet water treatment among others. I'm now leading a development enterprise called IDE.
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One Response to Sombreros and stilettos

  1. John Conover says:

    Hi Al,
    Good job as usual. What beautiful people.


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