February 29, 2012

People in Puerto Vallarta

Its Leap Day, I just had to say that. When I was a little girl I asked for a globe of the world, which I received for Christmas or my birthday, I can't remember which. I loved looking at the globe, wondering about all the different places and what they were like. To this day, I still love looking at maps, with more knowledge of the people, countries, cultures and my mouth waters at the thought of traveling somewhere new.

When I travel and take pictures, most of my images are of landscapes and buildings, but rarely of people. I have discovered that some of my favorite images are of people and I have become kind of bored with one landscape after another. I am tired of being frustrated with people "getting in my picture". So, I decided to make a point of photographing people, as a way of capturing a sense of a place, in Puerto Vallarta.

Yes, sometimes I feel like it is a bit of an intrusion on people's private lives, but I remind myself it is not spying, it is out of appreciation and an attempt at understanding more than just buildings and scenery. It was a rewarding experience. I liked seeing people going about their daily lives and how it is different or the same as my own. I posted a collection of more than 90 photographs of people doing normal things in Puerto Vallarta on Flickr. If you would like to see all of them, including their captions explaining a little more about the image please visit my People in Puerto Vallarta set on Flickr. In these photographs I feel like it tells the tale of adventure of ordinary life - in Puerto Vallarta.

Here is a sample of some of those photos:

In addition to the many candid photographs, I also took some portraits as part of my 100 Strangers Project on Flickr. Here are some of my favorite portraits that I took in Mexico as part of that project. Please click on the link for each stranger to read the write up for each encounter.

I'll leave you with one of my favorite photograph's from Mexico:

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