Category: Mexico

Mexico

SIESTA

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On a hot afternoon in Merida, Mexico, carriage drivers take a nap while waiting for the evening’s business to pick up.

Street Portrait

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Night Flowers, Mexico City

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I know, I know, you can’t take photographs at night with an iPhone. But I can’t help taking a chance on it. Hmmm.

TEPOZTLÁN STILL LIFE

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Let’s go Mexico! Now accepting just two students, first come, first served, for an intensive five day iPhoneography WalkandShoot workshop/tour of Mexico City, the Day of the Dead Parade and more in Queretaro, San Miguel de Allende, and Guanajuato. See details at johnfarnsworthphotographer.com.

Palomitas

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Palomitas (Popcorn), Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

I love taking photographs of just about anything.
But I especially love Street Photography.
I love people watching.

I love recording the life around me, wherever I am; city, town, village, or countryside; wandering the streets, roads,or alleyways, parks and beaches of a place foreign or familiar, new to me or old, outdoors or in.

The human condition. That’s what interests me, captivates me, insists that I capture it, record it, share it. People being people. In their native habitat, candid, unposed, real. Being themselves. Happy, sad, working, playing, talking, relating, smiling, laughing, crying, staring into space or the past or the future. Or the eyes of a loved one, or a pet. Just being.

I love thinking about them. Who they are, where they’ve been, where they’re going, what they’re planning, or doing. I love causing others to wonder the same.

That, to me, is Street Photography.

Sandias

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Sandias ((Watermelons) / iPhone 6 Plus / Snapseed

This is not a good photograph. I know that. But I like looking at it. Besides, I’m trying to make a point, here.

No one needs to see all those images you’ve taken just because “film” is essentially free, now, in this digital age.

But you don’t need to dump them all either. You may go through a bunch today and find a gem, something that you can really make something of.

Months later you might go through the same batch and find something totally different but as good or maybe even better.

Anyway, they all have the potential to stir your own memories, your emotions, and thereby add to the soup that is your creativity.

That’s the case with this one. I shot it with my iPhone through a dirty bus window on my way from Merida to Valladolid on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. The bus was moving, I had only a split second to grab a shot. No time to mess with settings. No time to think. I just shot it. I’m glad I did.

I’m also happy that I didn’t delete it. Instead, I cleaned it up the best I could, cropped it and tweaked it a bit in Snapseed and allowed my eye and my mind to wander around in it. I remembered the refreshing taste of a cool crisp watermelon on a hot day. I wondered about the people in the image and about their day, their lives. I spotted the bicycle lying on the ground and was reminded of my beloved boyhood bike from so many years ago. I wondered about the person casting a shadow in the left foreground

It takes me back. Back to a time and a place and feelings that might otherwise have slipped away.

No, it’s not a “good” photograph, but I’m glad I have it. I hope you can see past its faults and derive some little pleasure from it, too.

 

 

Chapala

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A quiet afternoon on Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico, taken with my iPhone. Or, as I prefer to call it, my iCamera, since I seldom talk on it, but am constantly taking photographs with it. It is, after all, always in my pocket or my hand, ready to freeze a moment in time.

I have been photographing for as long as I’ve been painting. I never cared for darkrooms and smelly chemicals, though. I was for a long time, a taker of photographs, but not a maker of photographs.

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” Ansel Adams

I used the camera mainly as a sketch book for my career as a painter.

Then the digital age came along and opened photography to me as more than just a way of gathering ideas for my paintings. I could now do the things with my photos that I had not been able to do in a darkroom. And more.

I worked my way through a number of digital cameras, and had a lot of fun. I still used the camera mainly as a sketch tool for my career as a painter. The thought of photography as a second career, however, was slowly invading my thinking.

After all, I’ve been painting full time, now, for fifty years. How could I possibly devote the majority of my time to photography? Increasingly, I began to think of myself as a painter and a photographer.

Then it dawned on me. I am an artist. Whether using a brush or a shutter. or, for that matter, a burnt stick, a pencil, or my finger. Or an app.

Oh, I still paint, but photography, that is, art made on my iPhone or my iPad, after the picture, the sketch, is taken, is increasingly more satisfying to me, somehow.

I know that some of you prefer my paintings to my photos, but I hope you will bear with me for a while. Give the photos a chance to grow on you as they have for me. They are my art, too. I’ll be sharing them here, on this blog, and on Instagram, for the foreseeable future. I don’t know when paintings will come back to the fore, or even if they will.

Meanwhile, I’m planning ways of sharing what I’ve learned, and my enthusiasm, my passion for mobile, smart phone, camera phone photography, or, as it’s most popularly known, iPhoneography.

I will be offering photo workshops and photo tours, and combining them with my love of travel.

This blog will become a way of explaining, sharing, teaching, discussing, and exposing my followers to my photography, and, specifically, the world of iPhoneography.

Wow! It’s great to be back!