Two ways of seeing

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I WAS SITTING on the main plaza with a café Americano negro, a frequent occurrence because I don’t have a real job, when I looked over thataway and noticed this young woman.

She was selling artwork that she’d laid out on a sheet atop the sidewalk, and she had a toddler in tow.

Based on what she was selling and the spectacular colors of her skirt and purse, I’d say she was a Huichol. They tend to come here during the Day of the Dead week to hawk their intricate, beaded artwork to the hordes of tourists.

Generally, I prefer black-and-white photos over color. There are two reasons: Everybody does color, and black-and-white is more dramatic, perhaps a bit old-school — like me.

I decided to offer a choice today due to the color of the door. You might think that ancient door opens into some fascinating realm where rides the ghost of Pancho Villa.

But it’s a bank.

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13 thoughts on “Two ways of seeing”

  1. I like both but agree that B&W gets attention. Nice framing. I would have taken more of the building and that would not have so striking.

    You being such a sensitive gent, how do you go about getting a person’s picture like that? If from afar, no problem. I took several pictures in the market right around the corner from that door but I always asked “con permiso?”, often after buying a trinket. I don’t think anyone said no and they seemed appreciative that I asked. I did that once with a burly butcher in that market with a huge side of beef and he responded, “Why not?” We then had a great conversation about a lot of things.

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    1. Steve: Just between you and me — don’t reveal my secret anywhere — I do these things with a zoom lens. They don’t even know they’ve been snapped 99 percent of the time. And the one percent who suspected were too far away to be sure enough to complain.

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  2. The eye of the beholder. I wished I had your talent with a camera. Amazing how between the choices of color versus black and white the details change. You’re gifted. I follow a photographer on Facebook out of the Texas valley who does flowers and birds, and I marvel at both of you.

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  3. “You might think that ancient door opens into some fascinating realm where rides the ghost of Pancho Villa.

    “But it’s a bank.”

    Considering Pancho’s vocation, haunting a bank may not be inconsistent at all.

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  4. I like both but prefer the black and white. As everyone knows, Mexico is a colourful place and sometimes photos need to be shown in colour but more often than not, the emotions of the subject(s) show up better in black and white.

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  5. I agree that black and white brings out so much more sometimes than color, but in this case I have to go with the color version; it just adds depth and warmth not picked up with monochrome. I use the zoom also for people photos a lot.

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