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Mexico Textures 10 :: Oaxaca de Juarez, México :: © 2005 Patrick Esmonde
Mexico Textures 10  The potent red wall of this random building downtown made my eyes hurt.  Even with the solid color of paint, you can still see the previous layers of paint that peeled away as well as weather damage.  It´s amazing how one color can evoke such strong emotions, as I wanted to leave as quickly as I came.
Mexico Textures 09 :: Oaxaca de Juarez, México :: © 2005 Patrick Esmonde
Mexico Textures 09  I found these posters in a small sunny corner in the Mercado Abastos.  This photo is not a composite of multiple images or modified in any way.  The texture is created via multiple layers of posters being ripped in various shapes and sizes.  On top of that, they are glued onto corrugated aluminum siding which you can see sticking through in a few places.  Delicious!
Mexico Textures 08 :: Oaxaca de Juarez, México :: © 2005 Patrick Esmonde
Mexico Textures 08  In addition to the wall texture, what caught my eye was the play of shadows from the bars on the window as well as the classic Mexican roof.  When I was taking this picture, a group of locals walked by and I could tell that they were giggling at me.  I was obviously not Mexican, but I think it was more that I was taking a picture of something that they walked by every day and barely noticed.
Mexico Textures 07 :: Oaxaca de Juarez, México :: © 2005 Patrick Esmonde
Mexico Textures 07  This window was clearly on its last hinge.  So much so that half of it didn´t even have a hinge!  Part of what attracted me is also the texture on the surrounding wall with the exposed brick.  The word dilapidated immediately came to mind.  This is one aspect of travel that I love most: the humbling knowledge of how lucky I really am to have a roof over my head and windows that don´t leak.
Tortilla Factory :: Oaxaca de Juarez, México :: © 2005 Patrick Esmonde
Tortilla Factory  I didn´t even notice these windows until I passed by and heard people inside shuffling about.  It turned out to be a family that made tortillas for the market farther up the street.  Scraping by is a generous way of describing how hard this family really had it.  My heart went out to them (as well as $5 for a bag of tortillas).
Mexico Textures 05 :: Oaxaca de Juarez, México :: © 2005 Patrick Esmonde
Mexico Textures 05
Mexico Textures 04 :: Oaxaca de Juarez, México :: © 2005 Patrick Esmonde
Mexico Textures 04  I simply love the depth of the layers here.  As an added bonus, there are even remnants of an old poster in the upper left.  The ephemeral nature of walls, their colors, and whatever is stuck to them is a constant reminder of how transient this life really is.  Life is a constant change, always, every day.
Mexico Textures 03 :: Oaxaca de Juarez, México :: © 2005 Patrick Esmonde
Mexico Textures 03  Like an old map filled with exotic places, this wall leaves us with more questions than answers.  Who walked by here?  Was a couple´s first kiss leaning up against it?  Did someone weep upon it mourning the loss of a loved one?  Did kids play and make memories here?  If only this wall could speak.
Mexico Textures 02 :: Oaxaca de Juarez, México :: © 2005 Patrick Esmonde
Mexico Textures 02
Mexico Textures 01 :: Oaxaca de Juarez, México :: © 2005 Patrick Esmonde
Mexico Textures 01  There is something about what is left behind over time that invigorates me.  It is like a visual history of the time and environment of a period.  I wonder why some layers are bright and colorful, while others are drab and boring.  Was it related to a fashion trend? Political movement? Price of a certain color of paint?  I have no answers.  What do you think?
Frida Kahlo´s Casa Azul 10 :: Mexico City, México :: © 2005 Patrick Esmonde
Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul 10  The color blue that Frida Kahlo chose to paint her house some 50 years ago is still maintained to this day.  It is intense to say the least.  She was an amazing artist and her attention to every last detail is evident throughout the museum that is now her former residence.  The house is aptly named "Casa Azul", which translates to "Blue House".
Frida Kahlo´s Casa Azul 08 :: Mexico City, México :: © 2005 Patrick Esmonde
Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul 08
Frida Kahlo´s Casa Azul 04 :: Mexico City, México :: © 2005 Patrick Esmonde
Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul 04
Flash Gordon Texture :: Ticul, México :: © 2002 Patrick Esmonde
Flash Gordon Texture  Passing through one of the pueblitos, this advertisement made me stop.  Sometimes it seems as though the saturation of colors is more intense in México.  The houses, buildings, and graphic design are all bold with rich colors.  I am still not sure why it has a picture of Spiderman while the text says Flash Gordon, but maybe that was the only graphic they could find.
Green Building Paint Detail :: Mérida, México :: © 2002 Patrick Esmonde
Green Building Paint Detail  Riding in a tour of downtown, my eyes were constantly attracted by the variety of color.  It was not uncommon to pass a bright red house, then a neon green, followed by an intense yellow.  The idea of a homeowners organization that controls the color and style of the houses in a neighborhood is completely absent here.

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