Aren’t you afraid you’re going to get killed?

So many people asked me that question when they found out I was moving to Mexico. In my experience, people all over the world only hear the terrible things that happen in other countries. It’s gotten to the point where I’m reluctant to admit that I’m American because people aren’t thrilled with Americans these days. When I moved to Japan one of the first questions that someone asked me was, “Do you own a gun?” Now why on earth would I own a gun? I don’t hunt. I couldn’t bring myself to kill an animal, much less a person. I don’t even like it when I have to kill the armies of ants that keep trying to invade my home. So no, I have never owned a gun, and no, I’m not afraid I am going to get killed. Crime exists everywhere…and I don’t hang out with the cartel.

Mexico is an exuberant place, with wonderful culture, gregarious people, good food, and the best part…a two-hour mid afternoon siesta. James Taylor had it right; “Oh Mexico. It sounds so sweet with the sun sinking low. Moon‘s so bright like to light up the night. Make everything all right.” That is the feeling that I want to capture. I also want to portray the vibrant colors, and not just of the flora, but of the buildings as well.  If someone told me I should paint my house orange, pink, and yellow I would have laughed. But that color combination actually works here because the quality of light is so brilliant (still not my choice, nonetheless). In fact, the sun is so intense that it’s impossible to take photos without a polarizing filter, and it’s difficult even with one.

The photo above was taken at a Mardi Gras parade in Ajijic, as was the one in my new photo album, ‘Mexico,’ of the two ‘dolls’ riding the ATV (just in case you’re thinking, “What is that about!?”).


About Passages 23

Passages 23 is a photography partnership between Cindy A. Carl (color photography) and David L. White (black and white photography). The name stems from the life changes we all go through; passages/journeys from one phase to the next. We think our photographs reflect changes in nature, as well, and provide glimpses of the past and of what was. About Cindy: I’m a writer by day and a writer by night, and I squeeze my photography into the in-betweens. I’m originally from Easthampton, MA (USA). My stuff lives in storage (I keep thinking I’ll settle down), while I’ve restlessly lived and traveled throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. My writing reflects the philosophical and psychological quirks of the human experience. If you like humorous stories that screw with your mind–in a pleasant way, of course–then please check out my latest novel, Quest for a Dream. My photography focuses on lines and unusual perspectives. I’m an avid animal lover, and live with my two wonderful cats, Isan and Lucy, and yes, they travel with me. Oh, and, I’m the wordy one. About David: I’m just an old fart with a camera. View all posts by Passages 23

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