Mexico City – Stories

Walking today through the Zocalo, I met two wonderful guys who kindly shared with me about their life. Its amazing how even under the circumstances, they still smile at life….

He was alcoholic for 40 years, and has been clean for the last 15. Now works cleaning pools and shoes.


He lost both legs on a work accident 10 years ago, and since then, has been asking for money near the zocalo and surrounding areas. Travels every day 6 hours from home to get to the Zocalo, (3 coming, and 3 getting back).


6 thoughts on “Mexico City – Stories

    1. Hi Erick, yes its a wonderful city, with a lot of bad things, and a lot of good as well, for example the people :). I usually approach people and ask them for permission to shoot them. I do some small talk at the beginning and ask what they do or any other thing that comes to my mind at the moment. I try to be polite as possible and if they say no, give thanks and retrieve.

      When they ask why, I tell them the truth. That i am a photographer documenting people and the city.

      After a while it becomes easier and more natural.

    1. Thanks Jeff, Mexico might no be the safest place in the world, but if you walk in the streets not been flashy, (that means no big dslr hanging from the neck), dont wonder in some areas, (common sense), it will be okay. People are very open, and if you talk to them, they will be more then happy to be shot. shoot before asking i wouldn’t recommend it. Be respectful and it will go great.

      1. Thank you for the tip! I got a mirror-less camera to start using in the streets and this will be the first trip with it. I have been to Mexico before, about 12 years ago, and I wasn’t into photographer back then so this will be a different adventure for sure.

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