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méxico en mi hassie // san pancho, mexico // film // travel photography

Mexico in my Hassie. My Hasselblad. Mi amor…

I feel like these Mexico posts went from good to better to best. But they’re completely interchangeable, depending on the mood I’m in.

I will tell you… that I am in love with Mexico. With San Pancho specifically; where, if I could’ve conjure up an image in my head of exactly how I’d like Mexico to look like, then it would be San Pancho.  I would seriously wake up & fall asleep to the sound of children, animals & music… and every hour in between was nothing but simplicity & bliss.

And I’m in love with my dear Jillian Mitchell for having me along for twelve days & four weddings, and for giving me the ultimate authentic, local experience.

I am forever changed, and all I can think about every day is how I can get back… and in the meantime, how can I make my experience in mexico translate into my life in America.

A little side note on these photos… there are four photos from an amazing organization in San Pancho called Entre Amigos–Among Friends–where they provide educational tools & classes for the local children, and provide work for local artisans by creating & selling things–garbage, basically–that have been recycled & reused & remade into something beautiful. It’s one of the most amazing projects I have ever seen, and I highly encourage you to check out their site, buy some of their amazing merchandise, and hopefully even donate to them… donations provide books & scholarships to the children.

On the last day of my visit, I was lucky enough to still be in town for the Día de la Revolución–Revolution Day–where everyone in every town in Mexico celebrates the day that Mexican Revolutionaries revolted against Spain. It was truly the best experience anyone could ask for when staying in Mexico… all the children dress up as revolutionaries, and parade down the street to the plaza, led by the queen of the parade (seemingly the oldest woman in town), and then everyone celebrates in the plaza with food & dancing. I’m not ashamed to say that I cried all the way from the main street to the plaza… I was so moved by the celebration, and it was the perfect climax to the most enlightening twelve days of my life.

México, te amo… te quiero. I love you… I want you.

¡Viva México!

[prints from this trip can be purchased here]

Eileen Garcia - these are beautiful!! makes me want to visit Mexico :)

heather perera - Agreed, these are my favorite pics too! I totally understand how you feel, we went to Sri Lanka this year and I felt like I could shoot the streets, dogs, children, old people, garbage all day. There’s something magical about shooting something that’s such a departure from our everyday life, and the culture, vibrant colors and spirits, deep lines of a rough life…they’re overwelming and addicting! Your emotion was perfectly captured in your photos and you were clearly inspired! Really moving work!

Jonas Seaman - So Beautiful Catherine!! I love these images!!

Tonhya Kae - Oh Catherine. This post and your words gave me chills. What an amazing experience you got to have. There are only so many moments in life that completely change the way we see, think, and feel…and I can tell this was one of those moments for you. San Pancho looks amazing…full of color and life. I would go there in a heart beat…just sayin ;) Lovely post my friend.

Karen Obrist - You always write so beautifully- what I love about your photography is there is storytelling along with it- I love the photo of the little boy and dad with their cowboy hats on! So great. :) Keep these posts coming! Can’t wait to see your wedding work from this trip!

Elaine - I love these. Mexico through your eyes is paradise. Oh, and I already miss you.

Jenn - Cant believe I just saw these?! I wanna live there tooo…

Karleen - These are so stunning, Catherine!! So so inspirational!

Carol - Love love love!! You are a story teller of the most amazing kind :) gorgeous pics and beautiful writing. Mexico tourism should hire you because anyone living through your lens would plan there next vacation based on your description. I know I am :)

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